A 19-year-old who exploited younger teenagers to run his cocaine operation has been jailed.

Charlie Angel, of North Place, Brighton, was in control of the “Snupe” county drug line in the area.

Sussex Police were initially searching for a high-risk missing person who the forced expected was being exploited and involved in supplying cocaine.

The boy, 17, was located safely, along with two other children aged 16 and 17 at a flat in Peacehaven in August last year. Officers found cocaine being prepared for distribution in the flat.

The Argus: Charlie Angel has been jailed for two and a half yearsCharlie Angel has been jailed for two and a half years (Image: Sussex Police)

A number of mobile phones were seized and examined, which linked all three people to Angel.

Angel was then arrested at an address in Northampton on August 16 and found in possession of the drug line phone.

He was charged with being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin, which he admitted and was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on January 19.


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PC Dave Oliver of the Op Centurion team said: “Angel attempted to avoid detection by distancing himself from the drugs, and using vulnerable people to prepare and supply them for him.

“His conviction was made possible thanks to great work from the Op Centurion team, working in partnership with the Met Police’s Op Orochi team to combat County Lines drug dealing.”

Angel was jailed for two years and six months.