Former youth worker jailed for 13 years for trafficking teens in London to Brighton ‘county lines’ network
A former youth care worker has been jailed for his part in a county lines operation supplying drugs from London to Brighton using two trafficked teenage boys.
Kyrone Williams, 26, worked for an agency called Team Up, that supports young people leaving care in a number of London boroughs. He was jailed for 13 years for his part in the operation at Wood Green Crown Court today (Friday, 13 August 2021).
Williams was found guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin as well conspiracy to arrange or facilitate the travel of another with a view to them being exploited following a trial which concluded in June. Neither of the victims were known to Williams directly through his work.
Co-defendant Brunel Nguh, 26, was sentenced to nine years and nine months in custody. He had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin as well conspiracy to arrange or facilitate the travel of another with a view to them being exploited.
Kayon Bhola, 26, was also sentenced to three years and nine months. He had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin.
The county lines conspiracy ran from 1 January 2020 to 27 March 2020.
The 15-year-old and 14-year-old boys who were trafficked from west London were reported missing by their mothers in February 2020.
One of the victims was later found sleeping on an armchair at a ‘cuckooed’ address in Brighton later that month. Cuckooing is a practice where drug dealers take over a vulnerable person's home and use the property to facilitate drug dealing.
David Davies, from the CPS, said: “These two teenage boys were trafficked from London to Brighton in order to set up and run a new county lines operation. They were exploited by Brunel Nguh and Kyrone Williams who were the architects of these conspiracies.
“Kyrone Williams was previously employed as a youth worker supporting young people away from a life of criminality. But instead, he drew them to it. This was an aggravating feature of the case.
“The prosecution case included phone evidence which was able to link the defendants together along with the drugs line.
“When questioned by police Williams claimed that he had only visited Brighton six times in five weeks to party and see friends, but later admitted he did not know anybody living in the area.
“Williams also claimed that he had lost his phones, but the prosecution were able to show his calling patterns did not alter during the time his phones were supposedly lost, and calls were still being made to his girlfriend and known associates – including the victims who he maintained he did not know.”
Bhola was arrested in Brighton on 4 February 2020 with a total of £875 worth of Class A drugs on him. He had been counting money at the time.
Williams was arrested at his home in Hammersmith on 25 March 2020. His phones were also seized.
Brunel Nguh was arrested from his home in Ealing on 4 May 2020 and a number of phones, SIM cards and £3,390 in cash was seized.
David Davies added: “We recognise the harm caused to communities and families by drug networks exploiting children and young people to carry out their illegal county line operations. We will always seek to prosecute such offenders where there is the evidence to do so.”
Notes to editors
- David Davies is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the Complex Casework unit in CPS London South.
- Kyrone Williams (DOB: 7/2/1995) is from Hammersmith
- Brunel Nguh (DOB: 6/3/1995) is from Ealing
- Kayon Bhola (DOB: 28/10/1994) is of no fixed address