Last member of drug supply network sentenced

The last member of a county lines drugs operation has been sentenced.

Robbie Sharp, 39, was the final offender to be sentenced after specialist officers with the Op Raptor team dismantled two lines running drugs from Wales to the streets of Southend and Chelmsford.

Various iterations of these lines used names of characters associated with the Super Mario video game series.

Officers uncovered hundreds of bulk advertising messages sent out to customers between 2021 and 2022.

The ‘Mario/Luigi’ line saw drugs supplied on the streets of Southend, while the ‘Custom’ sold drugs in Chelmsford.

Sharp was found to have played a significant role, higher up in the chain of both lines.

He was arrested after a warrant was executed at his address in London, and initially denied two counts of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

He changed his pleas and admitted to his role on the third day of his trial.

Appearing at Basildon Crown Court on Wednesday December 20, he was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment.

Four co-defendants have already been sentenced for their roles in either the ‘Mario/Luigi’ line or the ‘Custom’ line.