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Men who ran county drugs line between Bedford and Cambridge jailed

14 Sep 2021

Two members of a Bedford county line which sold drugs into Cambridge have been jailed for more than eight years.

Police in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire unravelled the network behind the Tye Mitch drugs line after a number of Bedford young people were arrested in Cambridge on suspicion of drug offences.

Painstaking work by detectives uncovered that Mile Road gang members Dominik Dubiel and Robiul Islam were behind the organised crime group sending drug runners into the city to deal.

On Thursday (9 September) at Luton Crown Court they were sentenced to serve four years four months and three years nine months behind bars respectively.

Detective Inspector Mark Pugh, from our dedicated gang unit, said: “We are one of few police force areas in the country where our local gangs will groom and exploit children and young people and send them across borders to deal drugs.

“This is in addition to the challenges we face here in Bedfordshire from county lines gangs from elsewhere coming into the area to sell their products.

“We are absolutely relentless in our pursuit of these abhorrent gangs who prey on children and other vulnerable people to line their own pockets.

“I am proud of the work our detectives have done to take these two callous drug dealers off the streets, as well as the partnership work we do with our partners here in Bedfordshire and other police forces to keep children safe.”

In June 2020, a man in his 20s from Bedford was arrested in Cambridge after officers were called over concerns about drug dealing at an address.

Investigations then linked this drug dealing activity to a phone in Bedford owned by Dubiel.

Then in October a teenager from Bedford was arrested on suspicion of drug offences in two different locations in Cambridge in the space of a week.

On the second occasion the teenager was found at an address with around £2,000 worth of Class A drugs and a sword, among other items.

A search of the teenager’s phone found text messages on it with instructions.

A suspected drug user also turned up at the address while the police were there, and officers were able to use his phone to trace the new phone number associated with the Tye Mitch line.

Days later officers from our Boson guns and gangs team arrested Dubiel as he got into a taxi outside an address in Milton Keynes.

Islam was arrested inside a nearby flat shortly afterwards after police executed a warrant. Designer clothing and more than £20,000 in cash was recovered from this address by police.

Both Dubiel and Islam were also sentenced over a previous incident involving police in Cambridge in October 2019, when they were linked to the discovery of cocaine and heroin.

Detective Chief Inspector Christian O’Brien, from Cambridgeshire Constabulary, said: “Drug dealing brings misery and despair to others and is often associated with exploitation, where young people are coerced into selling the drugs in return for money or gifts.

“County lines and Class A drug supply will not be tolerated and we will continue to target those involved and put them before the courts.

“These groups bring a whole host of criminality to our county as well as harm to the most vulnerable people in our communities.

“We work closely with other forces to complete work such as this as part of our ongoing efforts to tackle county lines drug supply.” 

Dubiel, 23, of Greenkeepers Road, Great Denham, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin, for which he was sentenced to three years in prison.

He was also sentenced to serve an additional 16 months for being concerned in the supply of cocaine and heroin in relation to the 2019 offence in Cambridge.

Islam, 19, of Mabel Road, Bedford, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin, with an additional 15 months to be served for the same offences in connection to the 2019 incident.

If you have concerns about drug dealing you can report this to us on our website.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report information anonymously through the Crimestoppers website.

The Bedfordshire Violence and Exploitation Reduction Unit (VERU) coordinates the response to child criminal exploitation in Bedfordshire.

For more information about the signs to spot and how to report concerns, get in touch with the VERU via their website.

Dominik Dubiel

Robiul Islam

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