‘County lines’ drug dealer found guilty of stabbing a police officer during arrest
A ‘county lines’ drug dealer was today found guilty of stabbing a police officer during his arrest for supplying drugs on 21 February 2019.
Londoner Michael Enzanga, 20, denied that he had been in Portsmouth to deal drugs during his trial at Portsmouth Crown Court, claiming that he had come to the town to look for a job and make a fresh start. He also claimed he hadn’t stabbed the officer and said it was a case of mistaken identity.
Enzanga’s DNA was found on 60 packages of class A drugs left at the scene of the stabbing and on the jacket worn by the officer who was stabbed. The knife used to stab the officer was found in a garden nearby.
After hearing both the prosecution and defence case the jury found Enzanga guilty of GBH on the police officer and possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.
Following the verdict Louise Holmes of the Crown Prosecution Service said: “Michael Enzanga claimed that he had nothing to do with the stabbing, insisting that he was not a drug dealer and that they had the wrong man.
“The compelling evidence that we presented to the court told a different story and proved that Enzanga was clearly part of a ‘county lines’ drug dealing network and was in Portsmouth to sell drugs. Having been apprehended by the officers, Enzanga was desperate to escape and stabbed the officer twice in the back. The local community helped the officers locate Enzanga who was found hiding in a back garden under tarpaulin.
“The police officer was left with a collapsed lung and is still recovering from his injuries.
“Officers should be able to do their jobs without fear of serious injury. Being stabbed in their course of duty when they are protecting the community is not acceptable.”
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- Louise Homes is District Crown Prosecutor for CPS Wessex.