Man appears in court on drug offence charges connected to Bury St Edmunds

A man has been arrested and subsequently charged with drug offences linked to Bury St Edmunds.

Officers from the Met police arrested the man on Tuesday, May 4, in London as part of Operation Orochi and he was taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

Kasende Kasongo, aged 29 and from Grosvenor Road, in London, 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, as well as a third charge of possession of cannabis.

He was remanded to appear before Ipswich Magistrates Court this morning (May 6) where he was further remanded.

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.

If you suspect drug dealing is taking place in your area or see anything suspicious or out of place, please tell us. You don’t have to be certain, just concerned.

Call police on 101, or alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers to report anonymously – either online at or by calling 0800 555 111.


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