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BEDFORDSHIRE DRUG DEALER GIVEN COUNTY'S FIRST EVER SLAVERY PREVENTION ORDER

BEDFORDSHIRE DRUG DEALER GIVEN COUNTY'S FIRST EVER SLAVERY PREVENTION ORDER
UK News

BEDFORDSHIRE DRUG DEALER GIVEN COUNTY'S FIRST EVER SLAVERY PREVENTION ORDER

BEDFORDSHIRE DRUG DEALER GIVEN COUNTY'S FIRST EVER SLAVERY PREVENTION ORDER

A Bedfordshire drug dealer has been sentenced to more than five years in prison, as well as being given Bedfordshire's first-ever slavery and trafficking prevention order (STPO) for using teens to supply drugs.

Schimarr Smith, 20, pleaded guilty to two counts of modern slavery offences and conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin after trafficking two teenagers from Luton to Cambridge.

Smith placed the teens in drug dens for his customers to access the supplied narcotics.

During his sentencing on Thursday, Judge Johnson acknowledged the fact that Smith had himself been a victim of modern slavery when he was younger, however, also highlighted that Smith had continued the cycle rather than breaking it by using two teen boys "ripe for exploitation".

The STPO placed on Smith is set to last for 10 years, and means Smith will be unable to own more than one mobile device.

The prevention order also means that Smith will no longer be able to have unsupervised contact or communication with those under 18.

Smith will also serve five years and one month in prison, which will partly be served in a Young Offender Institution.

Police first suspected Smith when they discovered a young boy in possession of class-A drugs and a mobile phone in Cambridge.

Smith was arrested alongside accomplice Dante Daley-Witter, 21, at Runham Close in Luton.

Daley-Witter was also sentenced to over two years in prison.

When raiding the Luton property, officers found over £2,000 in cash, bags of cocaine and heroin, mobile phones, knives, and a stabproof vest.

Police were also able to pinpoint Smith's phone location at the same locations as the boys' phones when they were being transported from Luton to Cambridge.

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