Manchester drug dealers jailed for county lines 'cuckooing' operation in Cumbria
Three 19-year-old Manchester men have been jailed for a total of nine years for forcing a vulnerable drug user to become involved in the sale of drugs in Cumbria.
Cade Steven Higson, Nemieh Fletchman and Akweel Fatinikum 'cuckooed' Douglas Foster, 61, into using his home in Carlisle, Cumbria to supply Class A drugs.
The offences came to light when a housing authority representative attended Foster's home to check on his welfare following reports from concerned neighbours. When police attended the men were seen running between rooms in the house where they were keeping a large amount of heroin and crack cocaine.
All three men pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply heroin and cocaine, whilst Foster pleaded guilty to permitting his premises to be used for drugs supply and was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment.
Rebecca McGregor for the CPS said: "These young men targeted a vulnerable man who was addicted to drugs and manipulated him into making his home a safe house for them to run their drugs operation.
"We worked with the police to build a strong case which included telephone evidence that Higson had bragged via text messages about the three of them being in the house with a drug addict.
"When faced with the overwhelming evidence against them they were left with no other option but to plead guilty to the offences they faced."
Notes to editors
- Rebecca Mcgregor is a Crown Advocate for CPS North West
- Cade Steven Higson, Nemieh Fletchman and Akweel Fatinikum were each sentenced to three years' imprisonment.