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Grime Artist Convicted For Leading County Lines East London Route
1 August 2019, 12:55
The Met Police said a grime artist who supplied Class A drugs via a county lines network "will now be spending time behind bars instead of working on his music."
Following an eight-week trial at Blackfriars Crown Court, a grime artist and his associate were convicted on Tuesday, 30 July.
The two men were both found guilty of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs via a county lines network.
Asfa Allen, 32 of Gillingham, Kent and Akwasi Kwateng, 24 of London E9 will be sentenced during week commencing Monday, 9 September, along with four others who have already pleaded guilty to supplying Class A drugs via a county lines network.
All six were convicted under Operation Halmist – a proactive operation established by the Mets Specialist Crime North.
The objective was to disrupt organised Class A drug distribution routes into county forces, focusing in East London.
Detective Inspector Dave Williams, from Specialist Crime North said: “Drug dealing is inextricably linked to the violence we have seen across the Capital."
“Allen, who also went by the stage name ‘ASCO’ had landed a successful and lucrative recording contract with a major label where 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."