Man jailed for bringing heroin and cocaine into Harrogate

A Peterborough man has been jailed for three years and eight months for bringing heroin and cocaine into Harrogate.

Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 4:17 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 4:18 pm

Musiiwa Kanhukamwe, 27, was arrested by Harrogate’s County Lines team - known as Operation Expedite - on January 4, when officers stopped a car he was travelling in at New Park roundabout.

Following a search, heroin and cocaine with a street value of £4,750 was found in his possession.

Musiiwa Kanhukamwe, 27, was arrested by Harrogates County Lines team on January 4.

He was subsequently charged with possessing crack cocaine with intent to supply and possessing heroin with intent to supply.

He appeared at court two days later on January 6 and pleaded guilty to both offences. He was sentenced at York Crown Court today, February 5.

Detective Sergeant Marcus Dawson of Harrogate’s Operation Expedite team, said: “North Yorkshire Police is committed to targeting those involved in county lines drug dealing. The swift justice and length of sentence handed out to Kanhukamwe is a clear demonstration of that commitment and the wider criminal justice system’s determination to rid our streets of drugs.”

North Yorkshire Police said: "County Lines is a form of organised crime in which drug dealers from urban areas exploit vulnerable people - including children - and force them to deal drugs in smaller towns and cities.

"It takes its name from the mobile phone lines used by dealers to communicate between towns, take orders and conduct their 'business'. The lines are used to advertise drugs for sale and mass text messages are sent to users letting them know where and when they can buy drugs. The lines become valuable protected 'brands'."

If you suspect drug dealing in your neighbourhood, call the police on 101.

If you prefer to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.