Drug dealers due to be sentenced

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TWO men who have been dealing cocaine on the streets of Hampshire are due to be sentenced today for their crimes.

Gavin Pope, 30 from Cheesemans Terrace in London was last month found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, namely diamorphine and cocaine.

While Ibrahim Usman, 23, of Sultan Street, also in London, was found guilty of the same offences as well as one count of witness intimidation and possession of a mobile phone in prison.

The men had also been charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence however they were found not guilty.

They are due to be sentenced at Winchester Crown Court today.

The prosecution was a result of Hampshire Constabulary’s Operation Fortress campaign which focuses on shielding communities from drug-related violence.

Superintendent James Fulton said today’s sentencing would send a strong message to drug dealers.

‘Together with the public we are able to identify offenders and take them off the streets of Hampshire,’ he added.

‘Our warning to criminals coming here to deal drugs to is that you’re not welcome.

‘Our message now is just as strong as it was back in 2012 when Operation Fortress was launched. Report any suspected drug use to us via 101. If you are concerned about drug use where you live or are living in fear because of drug debt, get in contact.’