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A county lines drugs gang who flooded one of Britain’s most deprived towns with heroin and crack cocaine were jailed for more than 37 years yesterday.
Operating under the brand name ‘Bugsy Malone’, the eight-strong gang moved into Grimsby from Manchester to target the most vulnerable in society.
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The gang of seven men and a woman operated for a year in the seaside town and used telephone lines – called ‘Bugsy lines’ – to sell the drugs, Hull Crown Court heard.
The gang set themselves up with business phones to advertise cut-price deals by text message. They printed business cards too.
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The gang were part of a growing problem across Humberside, its chief constable said, with others ensnaring children to do their dirty work.
Chief Constable Lee Freeman said a dedicated team had identified 11 children who were being exploited by criminal gangs. Six of them have been removed from the county to ‘keep them out of harm’s way’.
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There was no evidence the Bugsy Malone gang had been using children but prosecutor Richard Thyne described the operation as a classic ‘county lines business model’.
Mr Thyne said the gang, like similar outfits, moved from a big city to a coastal town where they were not known to local police.
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They used threats and promises of drugs to lure vulnerable people to give them use of their homes as bases to sell Class A drugs to local addicts.
Six of the gang were jailed for...
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