Brighton and Hove News » Two teenagers given suspended prison sentences for drug dealing on Brighton estate

Two teenagers have been given suspended prison sentences after they were caught selling drugs in Brighton outside Lewes Crown Court today (Thursday May 19).

Detectives spotted Michael Roberts and Davontay Williams, both 19, selling heroin and crack cocaine in Craven Vale and Queen’s Park in March.

The couple were arrested in an operation by Sussex Police known as Op Extreme which began in September and led to more than 60 arrests.

They have been ordered to perform 200 hours of unpaid work each for the next 12 months under a community order imposed by Judge Stephen Mooney.

Roberts and Williams were part of a set up of “county lines”, operating a telephone known as the “Jay” line of “J”.

Sussex Police said: ‘On the morning of Tuesday March 8 plainclothes officers from the Brighton Community Investigations Team observed Michael Roberts and Davontay Williams dealing drugs in Hadlow Close and Queen’s Park near groups of schoolchildren.

“They were found at a property in Hadlow Close and arrested on suspicion of involvement in the supply of class A drugs.

“Williams, 19, of Tavistock Road, Croydon, was found with a Nokia mobile phone containing drug marketing texts such as ‘back on all night J’ and ‘bk on J’ – indicators of the county line known as “Jay”.

‘Roberts, 19, of Atlantic Crescent, Brent, was in possession of 59 wraps of crack, 17 wraps of heroin, another mobile phone and approximately £100 in cash.

“Both pleaded guilty to supplying crack cocaine and heroin and at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday May 19 were sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for 18 months and ordered to perform 200 hours of unpaid work and to attend 13 rehabilitation sessions.”

Earlier this week tenant representatives at the Craven Vale estate complained to Brighton and Hove City Council that drug addicts and former drug addicts and known drug dealers were housed next to each other on the estate.

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