Gang members jailed for modern slavery

|News, Drug offences

Two London gang members who trafficked a teenage girl to Swansea to deal heroin and crack cocaine have been jailed.

Mahad Yusuf, 20 and Fesal Mahamud, 19, were arrested as part of Operation Lindvi, in which officers from South Wales and the Metropolitan Police worked together to investigate the supply of drugs across county lines from London to Swansea.

They were sentenced at Swansea Crown Court today having pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

Yusuf was jailed for nine years and Mahamud given a ten year sentence. Both were also subject to a slavery and trafficking prevention order for 20 years.

The two men were part of a North London gang who contacted the victim in May last year through social media with the promise of work. When she met them she was driven to Swansea but did not know the true purpose of the journey.

When they arrived, Yusuf told her that she now “belonged to him”. Her mobile phone was destroyed, she was assaulted and forced to conceal drugs. Mahamud remained in London where he directed the drug dealing in Swansea via mobile phone.

The victim was held against her will in a flat for five days before she was found by police as they carried out a search warrant of the address.

Nicola Rees, from the CPS, said:

“The teenage girl at the centre of this case was trafficked and abused by gang members in order to deal drugs. She was treated as a commodity, transported to an unfamiliar location without any means of contacting her family or friends and forced to carry Class A drugs.

“Alongside drugs offences the CPS authorised charges under the Modern Slavery Act as the prosecution was able to prove they trafficked the victim in order to exploit her.

“The CPS presented a strong case which included text messages and CCTV evidence which corroborated the testimony from the victim, leaving the defendants no choice but to plead guilty to their crimes. The victim provided an extensive statement which included harrowing detail of her experience and was valuable in prosecuting the defendants for modern slavery.”

Notes to editors

Nicola Rees is a Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS Cymru-Wales
Mahad Yusuf (DOB: 18/12/96) and Fesal Mahamud (DOB: 25/2/98) pleaded guilty to the following at Swansea Crown Court on 5 December 2017:
- Two counts of Conspiracy to supply class A drugs, contrary to the Criminal Law Act 1977;
- One count of Arranging or facilitating travel of another person with a view to exploitation, contrary to the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

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