A DEALER who was part of a County Lines gang which supplied drugs into areas, including Malvern, has been jailed for six years and nine months.
Lee Sheldon Carr, of Chestnut Road, Moseley, became the last of 64 people sentenced as part of Operation Ballet – a major investigation between West Mercia and West Midlands Police. The group – of 64 – have been jailed for a total of 251 years between them.
Carr, 29, who was initially arrested in 2018, was caged after admitting to supplying class A drugs.
He ran the ‘AKBG’ county line, cuckooing a drug addict’s house in Leominster to use as a base to supply large amounts of crack cocaine and heroin in the area.
Op Ballet saw 11 significant county lines brought down, severing the supply of drugs from Birmingham into Hereford, Malvern and Leominster.
Det Sgt Nicky Cleeton said: “This has been a complex investigation but the hard work of everyone involved has paid off with some significant results.
“Drugs ruin lives and poison communities and we remain dedicated to breaking supply lines through our region.
“We will continue to strive to keep drugs off our streets and protect vulnerable people.
“The operation would not have been as successful without help from the public and we urge anyone with any concerns about drugs to please get in touch. We act on all reports we receive.”
West Midlands ROCU Det Insp Julie Woods, who oversaw Op Ballet, added: “The operation, which began back in 2017, has been a challenging investigation with lots of covert enquiries to identify offenders and detailed phone work to evidence the extent of their drug dealing.
“These offenders are ruthless and think nothing of exploiting vulnerable people, putting them at risk of serious harm, while they sit back and count the money.
“These sentences send a strong messages that drug dealers will be caught and they face many years in prison.”
Anyone with any concerns about drug crime can call 101 or visit https://www.westmercia.police.uk/ro/report/.
Always dial 999 in an emergency.
Information can also be conveyed via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by visiting https://crimestoppers-uk.org/