Slough man jailed over drugs offences after he was found in Canterbury flat of potential cuckooing victim

Contributed by editor on Mar 13, 2018 - 05:25 PM


A man from Slough who was found in the flat of Canterbury resident known to be a potential victim of cuckooing has been jailed.

Nyasha Mushayandebvu, aged 25 from Slough, denied charges of possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply.

But after a six day trial at Canterbury Crown Court he was convicted of both offences and on Monday 12 March 2018 Judge Simon James sentenced him to four years in prison.

Mushayandebvu was arrested in the flat in Castle Street on Monday 22 August 2016 after officers from the Canterbury Community Policing Team called at the address.

Routine welfare check

They were carrying out a routine check on the welfare of the occupant, who had learning difficulties and mental health issues and was known to be a potential victim of cuckooing.

Mushayandebvu was told by officers to leave the flat. He agreed, but asked to brush his teeth in the bathroom before leaving.

Officers then received information that a man matching his description was believed to be dealing drugs in the area.

They searched Mushayandebvu under the Misuse of Drugs Act and found more than £800 in cash, two phones and seven wraps of heroin in his holdall.

Heroin and crack cocaine found behind mirror

During a search of the bathroom 54 wraps of crack cocaine, 25 wraps of heroin, latex gloves and money bags were found hidden behind the bathroom mirror. More class A drugs were found hidden in a toilet roll.

Text messages consistent with the supply of class A drugs were found on the phones.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Sarah Phillips said: ‘This conviction was the result of a great piece of work by the Canterbury Community Policing Team, the proactive arm of the Community Safety Unit.

‘The CPT regularly carries out safe and well checks on people we know could be vulnerable to being cuckooed – the tactic drug dealers from outside the area use to move into the homes of others to peddle their drugs.

Denying dealers a foothold

‘By safeguarding vulnerable people and preventing and disrupting the supply of class A drugs we aim to deny drug dealers the foothold they are trying to get in our communities.

‘And we urge people worried about drugs in their neighbourhood to tell us so we can take action.’

Anyone with information is urged to contact Kent Police on 101, Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, or speak to their local police community support officer.

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