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Two London drug dealers jailed

13 Mar 2019
Joel Mensah
Joel Mensah
Rusharn Reid-Clarke
Rusharn Reid-Clarke

Two men from London were jailed on Monday (11 March) for six years for dealing heroin and cocaine in Bedfordshire.

Joel Mensah, 20, and Rusharn Reid-Clarke, 23, both from London, were arrested in Luton in December 2017. Police received a report, made by a safeguarding officer, that a vulnerable person was being ‘cuckooed’ - exploited by having his home used as a base for drug dealing. 

Officers attended the address in Heswall Court in Luton where they found Mensah and Reid-Clarke, as well as Class A drugs, drugs paraphernalia and mobile phones. 

When in custody, officers searched Mensah and found he was in possession of additional class A drugs. 

Mensah pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine, found during the search in custody and was sentenced to 32 months in jail.

He was also found guilty and sentenced to three years for possession with intent to supply heroin, to run concurrently.

Reid-Clarke was found guilty of possession with intent to supply heroin and cocaine and received three years for each offence to run concurrently. 

Investigation Officer Lee Fassam said: “Concerns were raised about a vulnerable person being exploited – this is typical of county lines drug dealing. It’s not always obvious if someone is being exploited, but we would urge people to report any suspicious activity to us, including seeing strange people coming and going from an address. 

“As a force we are dedicated to cracking down on organised crime and drugs, and keeping our most vulnerable residents safe from harm. I am pleased that these two dangerous men will now spend time behind bars, giving them time to reflect on their actions. I hope this sends a strong message that we won’t tolerate drug criminality and activity in our area.”

Anyone with concerns for their neighbours or with information about suspicious behaviour and drug criminality in their community is asked to call Bedfordshire Police on 101 or visit the force’s online reporting centre at www.bedfordshire.police.uk/report. 

You can also report crime anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.

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