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London couple jailed for County Lines drug dealing in Brighton

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A North London couple have been jailed following a police investigation into a 'County Lines' operation bringing Class A drugs from London into Brighton.

Edward Birigwa, 30, and Kessia Davies, 21, both of Golders Way, London, appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Friday (23 April), both charged with being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin.

The charges followed an investigation over several months by detectives from the Brighton Community Investigation Team, working with colleagues from the Metropolitan Police's Operation Orochi, which works with police forces surrounding London to combat County Lines drug dealing from the capital.

The couple were arrested in North London on 27 January and their address was searched. A quantity of drugs was seized for analysis together cash, electronic scales, mobile phones and other items.

At Lewes Crown Court on Friday (23 April), Birigwa pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to five years' imprisonment. Davies pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years' and six months imprisonment.

Detective Inspector Dee Wells said: "We work tirelessly to disrupt dealers who bring harmful drugs into our local communities and bring criminals to justice wherever they live.

"I am pleased the court has recognised the severity of Birigwa and Davies' actions and served them with significant custodial sentences.

"We are committed to protecting the public and I hope this sends a clear message to drug dealers that they cannot expect to go undetected in Brighton and Hove."

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