Dealer sold drugs worth £20,000 a day

PUBLISHED: 15:00 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 15:46 25 August 2010

A DRUG dealer who made thousands of pounds a day by selling heroin and crack has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

A DRUG dealer who made thousands of pounds a day by selling heroin and crack has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

Orville Cunningham, of Wricklemarsh Road, Blackheath, was sentenced last Friday at Woolwich Crown Court for dealing drugs and possessing false passports and more than £250,000 in cash.

The 42-year-old confused police by leading a double life, holding two Jamaican passports whilst going by the name of Douglas Moon. But they were led to him when two suitcases of cash and drugs were discovered stashed in a Lewisham flat, containing his passports.

Police swooped on his property on May 7 and seized bags containing three kilos of crack cocaine, a kilo of heroin and 254 grams of cocaine, as well as more than £30,000 cash.

Two bags with around £42,810 in cash and crack cocaine were found in his Lexus car, and £183,420 was found in the boot of another vehicle nearby.

Cunningham admitted to dealing £20,000 of drugs a day when taken to Plumstead Police Station, but said he was forced into it through threats of violence.

Detective Inspector Robert Boggon of the Met's Violent Crime Directorate, put the conviction down to the "tireless" efforts of the Territorial Police Crime Squad in cutting through Cunningham's false identities.

He added: "It appears Cunningham was involved in a criminal network which laundered money and supplied street drug dealers, thus feeding gang and serious youth violence and knife-enabled crime.

"We are continuing to investigate whether he has any other financial assets from his criminal activities that should be seized in the future."

Cunningham pleaded guilty to possession and intent to dead drugs, possessing false passports and possessing criminal property.

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