Dramatic footage shows a drug dealer attempting to flush thousands of pounds worth of cocaine down the toilet after police bash down a door in a drugs raid.
The video, released by Nottinghamshire Police, shows the moment officers executed a drugs warrant in Carlswalk Gardens in Top Valley on 26 March 2020.
Jamal Rodney was caught trying to discard the drugs down the upstairs toilet and co-defendant Emile Bonnick was also inside the property.
They were both arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply a controlled drugs. The class A drugs recovered had a street value of £28,090.
Officers also executed another warrant at a house in Western Boulevard in Whitemoor, Nottingham, where another mobile phone was seized which was used as part of county lines dealings.
Emile Bonnick, 26, of no fixed address, admitted he played a ‘significant role’ in the drug dealing enterprise which spanned Nottingham and Lincolnshire. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply a controlled drugs between 18 July 2019 and 26 March 2020 , supplying class B drugs between 13 January 2017 and 21 January 2018, possession of class A drugs and possession of criminal property namely cash.
Jamal Rodney, also 26, of Top Valley, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
Bonnick was sentenced to four years and four months for his role and Rodney was sentenced for two years, suspended for two years at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday (18 November 2020).
Drug paraphernalia, including clear plastic wrappings, scales and a knife with white powder on the blade were seized, as well as three mobile phones as part of the investigation.
County lines is the term used to describe criminal gangs who move illegal drugs from big cities to rural areas and sell them via a dedicated phone line. It often involves the use of children and vulnerable adults who are recruited and exploited by these gangs.
Detective Inspector Paul Lefford, of Nottinghamshire Police’s Modern Slavery and County Lines team, said: “We have released footage from the arrests to demonstrate what officers have to come across with. This was excellent, controlled policing which was properly planned and expertly executed by professional officers.
“By releasing this footage, we hope it sends a message that if you deal drugs, exploit the vulnerable running a county lines operation, this is the robust professional policing response that will befall you and be the first action you will see in your empire collapsing and passage to prison.
“I’d like to praise the officers who have acted fast and decisively, not knowing who or what they would face when entering the property. They acted professionally to stop evidence being destroyed. That evidence was key as part of the investigation and showed the true extent of the criminality by both men.
“This result means that we have prevented cocaine reaching the streets across Nottinghamshire. We hope today’s sentence will provide a strong message to those who think they get away with any aspect of illegal drug activity in our community.
“Bonnick’s organised drugs supply impacted the residents of both Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. Rodney was caught up in this drug dealing operation when he provided a safe location where drugs could be cut up and packaged. When officers attended they panicked and he tried to dispose of the bags by flushing it down the toilet.
“I would like to thank the officers involved in this case and securing a fantastic result from the courts, by removing these drugs from the street we are preventing them from getting into the wrong hands and causing misery across Nottinghamshire.
“I would urge everyone who has been affected by illegal drug activity to report it to the police on 101 or crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.”