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Man sentenced over county lines dealing in Aylesbury

He will serve 51 months in prison after pleading guilty.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 6:14pm 20th December 2019. 3-minute read.

Man sentenced over county lines dealing in Aylesbury

Carlos Baquero has been sentenced following county lines drug offences in Aylesbury.

He will now serve 4 years and 3 months in prison.

Police arrested Baquero who was a passenger in a car on Avalon Street, Aylesbury in June this year. 

Officers suspected he was carrying drugs on his person, and on arrival in custody he was placed on watch until they were recovered.

Superintendent Michael Loebenberg said:

"It is really important to us the individuals are detained safely if they do come into our custody suit.

"Equally, we need to ensure people are brought to justice where its appropriate to do so. Especially individuals who are harming our communities."

On July 17th, Baquero was found to have concealed crack cocaine with a street value of around £900.

This took 24 days, with officers and medical staff watching 24 hours a day to ensure the safety of Baquero and to make sure the evidence was recovered. 

The driver of the car on June 24th was later found to be a man who had been exploited to drive Baquero to Birmingham, this is known as county lines dealing.

 

Some are used as drivers, others carry the drugs across county lines and some are made to allow use of their property. 

People chosen are often vulnerable members of the local community.

An analysis of Baquero's phone found evidence he had exploited Aylesbury residents to 'cuckoo' address from them, which he would then use as a base. 

Some messages also indicated a drug supply network extending to other towns, using school children to supply drugs on his behalf.

Revealed: A drug dealer's text messages

Investigating officer, PC John Johnston of Aylesbury police station, said:

"Baquero was clearly looking to profit from selling drugs and was exploiting vulnerable members of our communities for his own financial gain.

"Following Baquero's arrest in July, we have safeguarded a number of vulnerable individuals in our community in co-operation with partner agencies.

"We would ask members of the public to report issues of drug dealing as your reports can help us to investigate crimes and bring offenders to justice."

Baquero pleaded guilty to one count of being concerned in supplying cocaine, one count of possession of cocaine, one count of possession of cannabis and one count of obstructing a police officer in exercising a lawful search. 

After serving his sentence, Baquero will be deported.

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