Dealers who posed with drug money face jail after police find photos
Two brothers, Kenechi and Oluchi Ochereobia, ran a network of drugs couriers from their bases in Hackney and Cardiff.
During their investigation, officers found several pictures of Kenechi posing with thousands of pounds worth of cash – proceeds of his drug dealing.
When questioned Kenechi, of Foster Drive, Cardiff, tried to make out he was running a legitimate clothes distribution business.
Jailed: Kenechi, pictured, was part of the large-scale drug operation (Metropolitan Police)
But police said he was unable to provide any evidence to show the business would account for the amount of cash he was seen to be posed with.
Kenechi controlled the operation through a mobile phone, which he and his brother used to contact hundreds of people when they had supplies.
From this, the pair of thugs would receive orders, and then they would send younger gang members to supply drug users in Norwich.
Thousands of pounds worth of cash was seized by police after an investigation was launched last year (Metropolitan Police)
Kenechi hired cars and travelled between the three locations to oversee the large-scale operation.
He and his brother, of Mandeville Street, Hackney, were arrested after police found about £23,000 hidden in his Cardiff home.
Four other men involved in the operation, in which crack cocaine and heroin were sold, were also arrested after police launched an investigation in March last year.
Elliot Murawski and Frankie Dos Santos were arrested after officers found £6,000 hidden in an oven at a home in June last year.
Jailed: Kenechi Ochereobia (Metropolitan Police)
Murawski, of Riverside Road, Norwich, was again arrested two months later after he was found in possession of about £3,000 of heroin and crack cocaine.
Calvyn Green, of Keyworth Close, Hackney, was caught in possession of almost £2,500 on a London-bound train at Ipswich, along with phones containing text messages to and from drug users on September 6.
Two weeks later, Jaivon Prince was stopped by police at Liverpool Street station. He admitted concealing two packets of drugs within his body.
Prince, of Daubney Road, Hackney, was taken to hospital, where hundreds of wraps of heroin and cocaine were recovered – totalling about £2,000.
Jailed: Oluchi Ochereobia (Metropolitan Police)
His home was also searched and £20,000 worth of the same drugs were found.
The six men were all subsequently charged with two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
Murawski and Prince both pleaded guilty to the conspiracy on November 17, and March 17 respectively.
The others were all found guilty on Friday, May 12 at Blackfriars Crown Court following a trial.
All six are due to be sentenced on May 26.
Detective Sergeant Paul Harris, from the Met’s Trident and Area Crime Command, said: “This was a complex investigation spanning from Cardiff to Norwich via London.
“Kenechi Ochereobia tried to hide his involvement in the large-scale supply of drugs in Norwich by pretending to be a legitimate clothes distributor, whilst in reality he was getting younger gang members to run drugs across the country.
“I would like to thank South Wales Police and Norfolk Constabulary for their support on this operation.”
A gang of six large-scale drug dealers who posed with huge amounts of cash, flash watches and cars are facing jail after police saw the pictures.