Four drug dealers, jailed for a combined total of 17 years and 3 months as part of Op Viking
A drug dealer from London who went on hunger strike for more than 20 days in custody before passing more than 150 wraps of Class A drugs has been jailed.
Mohamed Wallace (24) was stopped in Kingston Road, Ewell on April 6 by Operation Viking officers proactively patrolling the area to tackle cross border drug dealers.
Officers searched Wallace and the car and found 3 mobile phones, a quantity of cash, a tub of coco butter, bio oil and feroglobin liquid (which has laxative effects if too much is consumed).
Before being taken to custody he was taken to hospital as officers were concerned he was concealing drugs internally. Officers requested a strip search be carried out, however, Wallace refused an x-ray and became aggressive towards officers in the main reception at the A&E of East Surrey Hospital. He was taken to police custody where he was held under constant observation, and went on hunger strike. Officers had to apply to court for an extension to his detention in order to continue holding him.
Wallace was charged with driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, breaching an anti-social behaviour order, and possession of cannabis. On April 26, he pleaded guilty to these charges at Staines Magistrates Court, and was sentenced to 8 weeks in prison.
The day after his sentencing for the driving matters, prison staff entered his cell and found him attempting to internally secrete drugs. During the struggle 2 bags were found, one containing 45 packets of crack cocaine and 59 packages of heroin and a second bag of 56 packages of crack cocaine, each package was the size of a large plum. These had been secreted inside him when he was originally arrested on April 6.
Wallace, 24, of no fixed abode, appeared at Guildford Crown Court on Wednesday 15 November where he pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. On Friday 17 November he was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment.
Wallace was also sentenced for possessing control identity documents with intent. This offence dated from 6 April when Wallace provided officers with a false UK driving licence with someone else’s name and picture in order to deceive police and cover up his real identity.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Preston said:
“Mohamed Wallace put his health at considerable risk while in custody by going on hunger strike, and could have saved himself a lot of suffering.
“This is again another example of our officers proactively patrolling the streets to look for potential offenders and is proving a success in disrupting drugs networks that have come into our county.
“Operation Viking is not stopping any time soon and will continue to make life as uncomfortable as possible for drug dealers coming here to cause trouble.”
Other recent successes for Operation Viking include:
Two men sentenced for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs
On 25 May 2017, Bailey Walker (19), of no fixed abode, was a passenger in a car stopped by plain clothed officers on Ashley Road, Epsom.
He was found in possession of a large quantity of cash, as well as a tub of Vaseline which had a large scoop taken out. Walker was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs, and taken to Epsom Hospital.
Walker was strip searched and an x-ray suggested there was a foreign body inside of him. Walker was put on constant observation on a drugs toilet at Guildford Custody. Later that evening he produced a wrap of suspected Class A drugs, and informed officers that he had swallowed two wraps of cocaine. As a result of this, on 26 May 2017, Walker was charged with possession of a Class A drug and attended Staines Magistrates court. He returned to Guildford Custody and remained under constant observation, producing three further wraps of white substance on 27 May.
On 27 May 2017, he was charged with possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply. He pleaded guilty, and was sentenced on 17 November to three years imprisonment.
Information on Walker’s phone lead officers to Esli Mazele (21), of Cumberland Close, Epsom. On 7 June 2017, police raided his address and arrested him on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. On searching his property, officers found multiple phones which were linked to Walker and others arrested on suspicion of dealing drugs in the Epsom and Mole Valley area.
Mazele was found guilty on two counts at Kingston Crown court on Friday, 18 November for conspiracy to supply crack cocaine, and conspiracy to supply heroin, and was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment.
Man sentenced to 3 years and 3 months
On 4 February 2017, police attempted to stop a black Vauxhall Insignia, which was later reported as stolen. When the vehicle came to a stop, the two occupants made off, and Malachi Aniemeka (24), of Carmichael Close, Wandsworth, was detained by police following a short foot chase.
A search of the car revealed multiple phones, cash, cannabis, and 15 wraps of heroin and 10 wraps of crack cocaine.
On Thursday 16 November, Aniemeka pleaded guilty at Guildford Crown Court to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, and was sentenced to 3 years and 3 months imprisonment.