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Op Viking: Proactive patrols lead to jail terms for drug dealers

08 Aug, 2017 14:50 News Behind Bars

Work by officers on proactive patrols has put two more cross county drug dealers behind bars as part of Operation Viking.

Surrey Police’s Op Viking has been in action since before Christmas 2016 to disrupt drug dealing gangs who are coming into Surrey to commit crime and prey on vulnerable people.

A big part of the operation involves officers proactively looking for potential dealers which paid off in the two latest cases that came before the courts.

Ardit Elezas, 20, of no fixed address – pleaded guilty to charges of acquiring criminal property, driving without a licence, possessing identity documents with intent, possession with intent to supply cocaine, and driving without insurance. He was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on August 7 to 2 years and 4 months.

On July 9 he was stopped by officers on a proactive patrol in Banstead. He gave officers an Italian driver’s licence of a different name, but could not read Italian when challenged. His car was searched and found were more than £1,000 in cash, small bags of cocaine in a compartment under the driver’s dashboard.

Shomari Fraser Etienne, aged 30, of Watney Close, Purley pleaded guilty to charges of, possession of cannabis, possession with intent to supply heroin and cocaine, possession of a knife, possession of an electrical incapacitation device, taking a motor vehicle without consent and driving without insurance.

He was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on July 31 to 3 years in prison.

On June 25 officers were proactively patrolling around Epsom in an unmarked car and stopped Etienne who was driving a hire car without insurance. Officers could immediately smell cannabis coming from the vehicle and Etienne admitted he’d smoke cannabis. He replied no when asked if he had any drugs or anything sharp on him, but officers found 18 wraps of heroin and cocaine in his pocket and a 9cm lock knife.

Officers later searched his address where two stun guns were found.

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