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Operation Viking: Lewisham man jailed for three years

12 Jun, 2018 14:21 News Behind Bars

A drug dealer found with heroin in McDonalds has been jailed for 3 years thanks to Operation Viking. 

Iaia Dabo, 20, of Blessington Road in Lewisham, London, was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on Monday (11 June) to 3 years in prison for possession with intent to supply a Class A drug. 

Operation Viking has been in operation since late 2016 to disrupt cross county border drug dealing and associated violence across east Surrey. Officers from the Metropolitan Police and Surrey Police work closely to disrupt drug dealing gangs who travel into Surrey to commit crime.

Dabo was arrested on Thursday, 10 August 2017, in McDonalds on Station Road, Redhill after an on duty Metropolitan Police officer observed a suspected drugs deal nearby and informed Surrey Police. Plain clothed officers from Op Viking apprehended Dabo and during a search, three mobile phones and a quantity of cash were found in his pockets. A further search in custody found 12 wraps of heroin in his underwear.

Investigating officer, PC Munday, said:

“Drug dealing will not be tolerated in Surrey and we’re working tirelessly to tackle the issues drug dealing brings to our county. Dabo had the audacity to deal Class A drugs in a fast food restaurant with children present. We work closely with our colleagues at the Metropolitan Police to disrupt cross-county drugs lines and hope Dabo’s sentence is a deterrent to those thinking about coming to our county to deal.

“Information and intelligence reported to us by members of the public is vital to our investigations. If you suspect someone is dealing drugs, please call us. Any information you can provide could help us clamp down further on those who commit these crimes.

If you have information about suspected drug dealing or related crime in your area, please call 101 or report via our website” 

If you don’t want to speak to Police, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. They never ask your name or trace your call and you could earn yourself a reward.

What are the signs of potential drug dealing?
Lots of visitors, who don’t stay very long, arriving at all times of the day and night
People waiting in cars outside particular properties exchanging small packets or cash
Lots of visitors bringing items such as T.V's or bikes but leaving empty handed
Lone/vulnerable neighbours suddenly having groups of young men living at their address

What we want to know:
Time, date and place
Vehicle registrations and the make, model and colour
Descriptions of people and details of what they were doing
Direction they travelling to and from
How many times you have seen them – is it always at the same time of day?

Don’t put yourself at risk while gathering this information. Please always pass the information to the police and do not confront or approach suspected drug dealers.

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