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Man sentenced for drug dealing after drugs, phones and cash found at Three Bridges property in Crawley

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A man has been sentenced to prison for drug offences after police executed simultaneous warrants in Sussex and West London.

On Tuesday, 5 May, officers from the West Sussex Community Investigations team, assisted by officers from the Metropolitan Police, executed a warrant in Commonwealth Drive, Crawley, and one at an address in Hammersmith, London.

A large quantity of class A drugs, a number of mobile phones and £2,000 in cash were recovered from the properties.

Nkrumah McKenzie, 31, of Flora Gardens, Hammersmith was arrested at the property and later charged with two counts of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs (cocaine and heroin).

McKenzie pleaded guilty at Lewes Crown Court on Wednesday, 3 June, and was sentenced to a total of four-and-a-half years in prison and a given forfeiture order for the cash found.

Detective Sergeant Peter Yarrow of Sussex Police said;

“This successful investigation resulted from close working and sharing of intelligence between the Metropolitan Police and ourselves.

“A ‘County Lines’ drug supply route between London and Crawley has been completely disrupted and we continue to work with colleagues in London on similar operations involving Sussex.”

For further information on work done by Sussex Police to combat drug dealing, and ways in which you can help the police, see the force website

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Drug use and breach of guidelines – the reason Crawley Police increased their presence across Maidenbower Park

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Crawley Police increased their presence across Maidenbower Park after receiving reports of Anti Social Behaviour.

The reports included use of Class B drugs being taken within the park.

What constitutes antisocial behaviour?

There are three main categories for antisocial behaviour, depending on how many people are affected:

  • Personal antisocial behaviour is when a person targets a specific individual or group.
  • Nuisance antisocial behaviour is when a person causes trouble, annoyance or suffering to a community.
  • Environmental antisocial behaviour is when a person’s actions affect the wider environment, such as public spaces or buildings.

Sussex Police confirmed they are working with Crawley Borough council to deal with any reports of on going anti social behaviour at Maidenbower Park.

In a statement Crawley Police said:

“These reports are mainly focused on but are not limited to groups congregating in breach of previous Covid-19 guidelines and the use of Class B drugs in the park.”

The public are encouraged to continue to report any new incidents to Sussex Police via 101 or the Sussex Police internet reporting system. If the matter is an emergency then please ring 999

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