TWO heroin and crack dealers have been jailed after one was caught advertising his services on a packet of cigarette papers.
At Warwick Crown Court, Malik Alabi, 20, of Stoney Stanton Road in Coventry and Omar Kemoko, 20, of Ransom Road in Coventry were both jailed for two years and eight months after pleading guilty to possession of class A drugs with intent to supply, and being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.
The investigation formed part of Rugby Proactive CID’s crackdown on county lines drug dealing in the town.
Plain clothed detectives were on patrol in the Benn area of Rugby acting on intelligence of drug dealing the area.
They were alerted by the town’s CCTV operators after they spotted a drug deal taking place.
The detectives went to a fast food restaurant in Evreux Way where they found Kemoko, who matched the description of the drug dealer.
Kemoko was with Alabi, and both were searched by the officers who seized 95 wraps of crack cocaine and heroin.
The detectives also seized mobile phones containing evidence of drug dealing, and a packet of cigarette papers containing a telephone number and letters indicating drugs for sale.
Det Cons Gary Hammond of Rugby CID said: “These arrests came about thanks to good coordination between officers acting on intelligence and an alert CCTV operator on the lookout for suspicious activity in the town.
“The pair were quite clearly advertising their services to local drug users and we caught them red handed.
“Our role as officers is to keep our communities safe and we work to take these types of people of our streets. Drugs destroy local communities and help to fund serious crime, which is why the public continue to help us by providing information about possible drugs related criminal activity.
“We continue to ask people with information or any concerns to contact us so we can continue to work to disrupt serious crime in Rugby.”
Report information online at www.warwickshre.police.uk/report or by calling 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.