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Jail for Brighton drug dealing pair ‘forced out of London’
12:00pm Monday 11th February 2013 in News
A pair of London drug dealers who operated out of the homes of drug users in Brighton have been jailed.
Ainsley Kelly, 18 of Mayell Road, London, and Rhyan Mayers, 20 Saltourn Road, London, of the JJ Crew were jailed for two-and-a-half years each for possession with intent to supply and conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine at Hove Trial Centre on Friday.
The pair supplied drugs to Brighton addict Sarah Woolgar in return for her allowing them to run their operation out of her Queensway flat in a tactic known as cuckooing.
She was given an 18-month suspended sentence for conspiracy to supply charges.
The pair claimed they were forced to sell drugs in Brighton by London-based dealers with whom they had run up big debts.
They initially started dealing from stairwells in blocks of flat where they were conspicuous to neighbours before moving into the homes of Woolgar and at least one other Brighton drug user.
It is estimated they could have been selling up to £2,000 worth of heroin and crack cocaine in a week.
The pair were first arrested and bailed after being picked up by police on September 4 in London Road, Brighton, and again on September 21 when a warrant was carried out on Woolgar’s house.
Police found 177 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine as well as another 40 wraps inserted inside Mayers’ body.
Two other members of the crew were also sentenced including Daniel Rock, 23 of Rattray Road, London, who received an 18-month suspended prison sentence and 300 hours of unpaid work, and a 16-year-old boy from South West London received a youth referral order for 12 months.
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