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Peterborough drug dealer, 22, jailed for four and a half years

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A Peterborough man running a criminal enterprise selling class A drugs across the county has been jailed.

Shoaib Shafique, 22, of Clarence Road, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison at Huntingdon Crown Court on December 7.

He had pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine, cocaine and heroin and possession of criminal property.

He is the latest to be sentenced as part of Operation Hypernova, a crackdown on exploitation and illegal drugs.

Police raided his home in the early hours of 14 September and found a mobile phone in his bedroom linking him to class A drug dealing.

Detective work revealed he had been travelling between Birmingham and Cambridgeshire between 4 November 2021 and 14 September dealing the drugs.

Shoaib Shafique, 22, of Clarence Road, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison at Huntingdon Crown Court on December 7.

Detective Constable Jacob Reeves, who investigated, said: “Through his movements and the text messages that had been sent from his phone we could prove Shafique was responsible for running a criminal enterprise across Cambridgeshire.

“County lines bring misery to our communities in the form of drug dealing, exploitation and violence.”

Operation Hypernova was carried out with support from the Metropolitan Police, British Transport Police, and the Eastern Regional Specialist Operation Unit to identify individuals posing the greatest threat to the community.

During the operation, 33 county lines were dismantled, with crack cocaine, cocaine, heroin, and cannabis worth more than £600,000 seized along with hundreds of thousands of pounds in cash and assets including vehicles, jewellery, and clothing. Several weapons were also seized.

More information and videos can be found on the force website www.cambs.police.uk/hypernova

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