Video footage has been released of the moment a drug dealer who was trafficking children into Lincoln to peddle heroin and cocaine was arrested by police.
As previously reported, a drugs network which exploited children as young as 14 into dealing crack cocaine and heroin from “cuckooed” Lincoln drugs dens has been taken down in a landmark police investigation.
Birmingham man Zakaria Mohammed, 21 was jailed for 14 years on Thursday after admitting running a narcotics supply chain and trafficking two boys and a girl, to deal on his behalf.
It’s the first time in UK legal history that child trafficking convictions have been secured under the Modern Slavery Act as part of a ‘county lines’ operation.
The case was brought forward following a joint investigation by Lincolnshire Police and West Midlands Police.
West Midlands Police released footage showing Mohammed’s movements, a raid on a Lincoln property, footage of drug deals by children in Lincoln and Mohammed’s eventual arrest.
Lincolnshire Police first became aware of the involvement of a group of males dealing drugs in Lincoln City centre following a spate of serious knife related assaults prompting a period of exhaustive intelligence research to enable officers to conduct a covert surveillance operation, recording over 200 hours of footage.