Skint Birmingham dealers ran Two County Lines drug operations from each other’s bedrooms.

A couple of fur traders ran two County Lines drug rings from the same room. Tomás Araya, 23, and Nathaniel Temesgen, 21, of Birmingham, sold cocaine and heroin to the ‘Meeks’ line throughout the city, as well as the ‘Pablo’ line in Stratford-upon-Avon using brokers to deliver them. .

They switched drugs for a period of four months. Both men were said to have been brought to the UK under difficult circumstances before falling for the deal, the Birmingham Crown Court heard.

Araya, of Rogers Road, Ward End, denied two charges of involvement in the supply of Class A substances but was found guilty after trial. He was sentenced to seven years on Wednesday, March 15.

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Temesgen, of Baldmoor Lake Road, Erdington, admitted to the same offenses and received four years. They ran County Lines operations between December 2021 and April last year.

Prosecutor Edmund Blackman said: “Police surrounded his accommodation and found various paraphernalia, scales, cling film, customer notes and the two lines of drugs, as well as weapons – a machete and a zombie knife.”

He said Pablo’s line appeared to have four runners, while there was no specific number attached to Meeks’ line, although Araya was able to make deals in Birmingham while in Derby with the phone. Blackman told the court that Araya was “higher up the scale” after being in possession of lines of drugs and client notes in his apartment.


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