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Boy, 15, reported missing by parents found exploited by South London drugs gang

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Two drug traffickers are behind bars after they exploited teenage boys, including one who had been reported missing by his parents.

Trevis Abiola, of St Mary Cray in Orpington, Bromley, and Javarni McPherson, of Priory House, Peckham, supplied heroin and crack cocaine between London and Kent.

The men, both 23 years old, were caught after a 15-year-old boy stopped at Stratford was found to be in possession of nearly £500, multiple SIM cards, and a cannabis grinder.

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The boy, who hadn’t been home for over a week, had his phone analysed which revealed Abiola and McPherson were the controllers of a county line.

Officers searched their home and found a large number of mobile phones and SIM cards, as well as Class A drugs and £4,000 in cash.

It also identified two other teenage boys who had been used to transport drugs – including one who had recently been reported missing by his parents.

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Detective Superintendent Gareth Williams, from the British Transport Police (BTP), said: “Abiola and McPherson are callous and prolific county lines offenders that heartlessly exploited teenage boys for their own financial gain.

“I am pleased that my team’s efforts, along with fabulous support from Kent Police and the Metropolitan Police Service, have led to three vulnerable boys being safeguarded and removed from the clutches of these toxic drugs traffickers.

On Thursday (December 16) the pair were found guilty on counts of conspiring to supply heroin and crack cocaine following a four-week trial.

The pair were found not guilty for charges of conspiring to commit human trafficking under the Modern Slavery Act, however, their criminal use of teenage boys was referenced throughout the trial as context to their offending.

Abiola will serve 14 years in prison, while McPherson will serve 9 years.

Detective Superintendent Williams said: “The sentence imposed is justifiably strong and proves that this type of criminality will not be tolerated – we will always pursue those that criminally exploit and ruin others’ lives and we will prosecute them without exception.”

All three teenage boys used by Abiola and McPherson are being treated as victims and were not prosecuted for their involvement.

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