A drugs gang trafficking a 15-year-old to move cocaine and heroin between London and South Wales has been caught.
A missing person’s report was filed for the Tottenham team, which led police officers to an address in Swansea, where they found him acting as a courier.
Six gang members have been convicted of convicted of Class A drugs supply and human trafficking charges – and all could face a great deal of time behind bars.
Between January and October 2020, they ran two phonelines for drugs, codenamed Gino and Gino 2, and would ferry the products between the capital and South Wales.
28-year-old Jemy Capitao, believed to be ringleader for the group, bought phone top-up vouchers before sending out an ad reading: “The real Gino is back on bang bang.”
Capitao tried to escape justice, going on the run with his girlfriend after police found the teenager, but was found in a Milton Keynes hotel, where officers also found £2,910 in cash.
Basky, Capitao’s younger brother, 27, was also convicted of involvement in the operation, having taken charge when Jemy went on holiday to Dubai.
36-year-old Kenneth Langrish, meanwhile, had driven the boy between Tottenham and Swindon during the journey to Wales.
Upon arrest, officers found 125 packages of crack cocaine hidden in his underwear.
21-year Harvey Kimpton, another gang member, had a 22-calibre pistol at his Harlow home, while Harry King, 20, was found guilty of trafficking the teen and Ayyub Elaouzi, 22, admitted supplying drugs and trafficking.
CPS prosecutor Thea Viney explained: “These drug dealers worked hand in hand and trafficked a vulnerable teenager from London to Wales.
“They intended to exploit him as a drugs runner and had no consideration for his welfare as was evident from the poor condition of the address he was found at.
“To this day the young victim has never supplied a statement to support the investigation which, unfortunately, is a common feature of cases of this nature.”
All six are due for sentencing on July 30 at Kingston Crown Court.
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