Jordan Whyte, 18, of The Tideway in Rochester, was sentenced yesterday (December 21) to 28 months in jail for drugs offences in Portsmouth.
He was arrested in New Road at 10am on 12 October, as part of a week of national activity tackling ‘County Lines’ drugs.
The week of action focused on disrupting drug dealing and pursuing offenders from drugs networks, who bring serious violence to our city and are intent on exploiting children and vulnerable people by using them to run drugs or to accommodate them in their homes.
Whyte pleaded guilty in court last month to being concerned in the supply of cannabis, ecstasy, cocaine and heroin and possession of a knife blade / sharp pointed article in a public place.
Detective Chief Inspector Nick Heelan said: “I am pleased that we have helped to remove Whyte and his ‘zombie’ knife (pictured) from the streets of Portsmouth.
“Drugs related harm remains a priority for us and our partners because we know ‘County Lines’ gangs cause significant harm by bringing violence to our city and criminally and sexually exploiting children and vulnerable adults.
“I hope the residents of Portsmouth are reassured that we are continuing to target drug dealers, to prevent harm and to protect communities.”
Portsmouth District Commander, Superintendent Maggie Blyth, added: “Tackling ‘County Lines’ requires a cross sector approach, not just a police response, so I am grateful to our partners, who work closely with us to tackle criminal and sexual exploitation in the city and to safeguard the vulnerable.
"This sentencing is an example of the good results we’re achieving.”
If you have information about drug-dealing, call the police on 101, or in an emergency or if a crime is in progress call 999.
You can also contact the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.