Op Viking: Officers' suspicions pay off as Dorking drug dealers end up in prison
Two south London drug dealers who internally secreted more than 80 wraps of cocaine and heroin between them have been jailed following an investigation by Operation Viking officers.
Op Viking is a proactive initiative to crack down on cross border criminality involving drugs and violence, predominantly coming in and out of south London.
Since it started it has been responsible for:
- Jail sentences of 22 years
- 47 charges
- 72 arrests
- £26,000 seized from drug related crime
- 14 vehicles seized that have been used to transport drugs
The officers stopped D’Lani Mccalla, 18 and Joshua Williamson, 21, in Goodwyns Road, Dorking on March 1 after they had suspicions about their vehicle and behaviour as they drove past.
Officers also noticed a strong smell of cannabis coming from the car as they approached it.
Neither of the men could account for being in the area when questioned, during which 8 mobile phones were constantly ringing inside the hire car they were using.
They both refused intimate searches and x-rays, and also ate a minimal amount during their 32 hours in custody. It later transpired that between them they had internally secreted more than 80 wraps of cocaine and heroin.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Preston said: “Mccalla and Williamson were both stopped by a team patrolling the streets especially on the lookout for drug dealers who are coming to this county to commit crime.
“The officers’ acted on their suspicions about the two men’s behaviour and their vehicle, which has paid off as we now have two less drug dealers causing trouble in our communities.
“I cannot stress enough that if you have similar suspicions about people acting strangely in your area you should let us know so our Op Viking officers can come and investigate. If you don’t want to talk to us you can report any information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
“Drug dealing is not a glamourous business and it is also incredibly dangerous and potentially deadly if you internally secrete drugs as Mccalla and Williamson did. If you’re thinking of getting involved in drug dealing just imagine how unpleasant it would be for you, let alone our officers who have to deal with the aftermath.
“If you are going to do this you will be arrested and have to sit in a cell until nature takes its course, after which you’ll end up in court. The worst case scenario is that the internalised drugs could kill you.”
Mccalla and Williamson, both of Mantlet Close, Lambeth, London were sentenced at Kingston Crown Court on Wednesday April 5, having earlier pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine and heroin.
Mccalla was sentenced to 3 years and Williamson 3 years and 8 months.