Three drug dealers jailed for 12 years in first ever modern slavery prosecution
Dean Alford, Michael Karemera and Glodi Wabelua have been jailed for a total of 12 and a half years following a five year investigation
ByAdela WhittinghamDaniel Hammond
17:15, 14 MAY 2019
Michael Karemera, 25, was jailed for five years for three counts of trafficking (Image: SWNS.COM)
Three drug dealers who used vulnerable children to courier crack cocaine and heroin in a county lines operation have been jailed in a landmark modern slavery prosecution.
Dean Alford, Michael Karemera and Glodi Wabelua, all 25, plucked underage kids from three London boroughs and sent them 70 miles to Portsmouth to sell their Class A drugs for them.
Detectives believe as many as 25 children from at least three care homes and four units for expelled pupils may have been involved in the county lines racket, but they took just six of the cases to court.
The county lines drug dealing prosecution at Inner London Crown Court was the first of its kind to be tried under the Modern Slavery Act.
The trio were sentenced following a five-year police investigation and two separate criminal trials.
Today they were jailed for a total of 12 and a half years.
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