British rapper guilty of ‘county lines’ heroin dealing

Asfa Allen and Akwasi Kwateng have been found guilty

Thursday, August 1, 2019

A British grime artist has been found guilty of supplying heroin through county lines drugs routes.

Asfa Allen, who performs under the name Asco, was at the head of at least four distribution lines between London and the Home Counties, according to Scotland Yard police.

The 32-year-old from Kent was arrested when police seized £25,000 in cash, approximately half a kilogram of heroin and expensive designer footwear and vehicles after raiding 15 properties in the areas.

Best known as being part of east London rap group Mashtown, Asco had signed a “successful and lucrative” record deal, said Detective Inspector Dave Williams.

“He could have left his life of crime and violence behind, however he could not release his grip on running a county lines route and will now be spending time behind bars instead of working on his music.”

Allen was found guilty at Blackfriars Crown Court of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, along with Akwasi Kwateng, 24, from Hackney.

Four other men - Kai Lye, 28, Donovan Corbett, 22, Bradley Fapolnle, 33, and Denzel Nimoh, 20, pleaded guilty to the same charge.

All six defendants were convicted under Operation Halmist, which aims to disrupt organised Class A drug distribution routes into county forces, focusing in east London.

DCI Williams said: "Drug dealing is inextricably linked to the violence we have seen across the capital.

"I hope today's conviction reassures communities that we do take action and highlights our ongoing commitment to bearing down on county lines criminality."

The gang will be sentenced in September.

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