A man has been jailed in connection with drug offences linked to Bury St Edmunds.
Kasende Kasongo, (pictured above) aged 29, and from Grosvenor Road, in London, was jailed for six years after appearing at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday (Thursday, September 16) where he pleaded guilty to two counts of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.
Officers from the Met police arrested a man on Tuesday, May 4, this year, in London, as part of Operation Orochi and he was taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.
Kasongo was charged with being concerned in the supplying cocaine and being concerned in the supply of heroin, both between September 12, 2020, and May 5, 2021, in Bury St Edmunds and Basildon, in Essex.
Enquires established that Kasongo was running two county line drug dealing businesses – one in Suffolk under the name of “Bones”, in the Bury St Edmunds area, and one being the “Ace” line, in Basildon.
When police executed a warrant on May 4 at his London property they recovered £320 in cash, a bundle of class A wraps and also a list of class A drug users’ contact details who are based in Suffolk and Essex.
Officers from the Serious Crime Disruption Team also recovered 13,000 text messages from two phones all indicating that the “Bones” and “Ace” lines mobile numbers were used to supply class A drug, namely crack cocaine and heroin.
DC Dave Murphy from the SCDT said: “The conviction show how police forces working together in this case Suffolk, the Met and Essex, can make a really positive difference to tackling drug dealing. The force wants to ensure the county remains a hostile environment for those involved in the supply of drugs and provide reassurance to Suffolk residents. Our local communities have an important role to play in this too. Don’t turn a blind eye. Talk to us about your concerns and we will work together to resolve the issue.”
Kasongo was also given a five year Serious Crime Prevention Order for running two county lines.
Operation Orochi, led by the Metropolitan Police, has been in place in Suffolk since February 2020. It focuses on tackling drugs supply offences and County Lines by arresting the line controller, rather than the person transporting the drugs. Officers from the Serious Crime Disruption Team (SCDT) in Suffolk will share intelligence with a dedicated team at the Met, who will then investigate in order to identify the line controller and their location.