County line drug dealer jailed for supplying Class A drugs in Eastbourne
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A county lines drug dealer responsible for supplying heroin and crack cocaine in Eastbourne has been jailed.
Junior Grah, 23, admitted being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin, possession of crack cocaine, and possession of a bladed article.
At Lewes Crown Court on Thursday 12 October, he was sentenced to a total of five years and seven months in prison.
Grah was arrested in Mitcham in September 2022 following a joint investigation by Sussex Police and Metropolitan Police into the ‘Avon’ county drugs line.
A county line is a single mobile phone number used to sell and distribute drugs from large urban areas to smaller towns.
In this case, the ‘Avon’ line was found to be supplying crack cocaine and heroin to vulnerable people in the Eastbourne area.
When Grah was arrested, he was found in possession of two phones and two SIM cards – one of which held the number of the ‘Avon’ drugs line.
Messages downloaded from the devices were consistent with the supply of Class A drugs.
Grah, of Fernlea Road, Mitcham, pleaded guilty to the four offences on 15 December 2022 and was remanded in custody ahead of his sentencing.
Investigating officer DC Pollard of the Project Adder team, said: “Junior Grah was the holder of the ‘Avon’ county drug line and was therefore responsible for selling harmful drugs to vulnerable people.
“This sentence will significantly disrupt that supply chain and help prevent the distribution of Class A drugs in our community.
“We are committed to tackling drug-dealing and the associated crime it can bring. We hope this result will further protect those at risk of harm and highlight the serious consequences of such illegal activity.”