Sussex, Surrey, and Metropolitan Police have announced charges against two men allegedly involved in the notorious BINGO county drug line. On Wednesday, 14 June, Sussex, Surrey and Metropolitan Police officers carried out simultaneous warrants in Eastbourne, Seaford and London as part of an investigation into the BINGO county drugs line.
Adnan Mayanja and Asher Robinson, both 25, and residents of Walton Road and Sherrard Road in London respectively, were arrested at their home addresses. The two have now been charged with being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin.
Robinson faces an additional charge of possession of criminal property. Both men have been remanded in custody, with their trial set for 13 July at a yet-to-be-confirmed court.
The arrests and subsequent charges come as part of a broader crackdown on so-called ‘county lines’ drug dealing, a troubling practice that sees criminals from larger urban centres extending their illicit trade to smaller locales across county borders. The BINGO drug line, infamous in the South East of England, has been under investigation for its significant role in the county lines operations.
These operations are frequently managed through ‘deal lines,’ where users place orders via dedicated phone numbers. It’s a brutal industry, often characterised by violence and the ruthless exploitation of vulnerable individuals. Young people and children, in particular, are coerced into involvement, forced to work as runners for the organised crime gangs controlling the drug trade.