Judge warns drugs gangs to stay out of North Devon after student was caught smuggling £5,000 worth of heroin and crack cocaine in Bideford.
A judge has warned drugs gangs to stay out of Devon after a courier was jailed for taking heroin and crack cocaine to North Devon.
Gap year student Emmanuel Kuforiji was caught with almost £5,000 worth of drugs in pre-wrapped £10 deals when police intercepted him in Bideford in November.
They were acting on intelligence reports that young black men were being recruited to take consignments of drugs from London to local dealers in Devon.
Kuforiji, aged 21, from London, admitted two counts of possession with intent to supply and was jailed for 18 months by Judge Erik Salomonsen at Exeter Crown Court.
He told him: “You brought these drugs down here to add to the misery of drug users in Devon.
“Anyone who brings drugs in these quantities into Devon must understand that if they are arrested, prison is inevitable.”
Miss Caroline Bolt, prosecuting, said Kuforiji arrived on an overnight bus from London in the early hours of November 19 and was arrested after taking a taxi to Pynes Lane.
He had a total of 37.69 grams of drugs, made up of 150 wraps of crack cocaine and 333 of heroin with a combined street value of £4,830.
She said:”Police had intelligence that young black males were being used to bring class A drugs into North Devon, so he was stopped and searched. He also had two mobile phones.”
Mr Philip Brunt, defending, said Kuforiji was academically talented and had received an A star in Maths A level before going on to study at University.
He had taken a year out of his studies and been tempted when a contact in London had offered him £100 plus travelling expenses to make the trip to Devon.