A Bermudian man has been jailed for using children to distribute drugs around the city.
Kemar Maybury targeted schools to exploit children, supplying them with drugs and using them to distribute them around Brighton.
The 40-year-old was arrested on March 11, 2020, after the mother of a 13-year-old girl, who was found to be a passenger in Maybury’s car, raised concerns about her welfare.
Cannabis was found in his vehicle after it was stopped on the M23 near Crawley, while a further search of his home in Dartmouth Crescent, Brighton, found cannabis plants.
A police investigation found Maybury had specifically targeted schools and universities to find young people to exploit.
He was charged with taking a child without authority, being concerned in the supply of a Class B drug (cannabis), being in possession of a Class B drug (cannabis) and cultivating cannabis plants.
He pleaded guilty to possession of a Class B drug and cultivating cannabis plants and denied the other two charges.
At Lewes Crown Court, Maybury was found guilty of being concerned in the supply of a Class B drug (cannabis) but a judge instructed the jury there was no case to answer in relation to taking a child without authority.
He was sentenced to four years in jail.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Tracey Dixon said: “Kemar Maybury targeted children between the ages of 13 and 17 years old and, once caught, tried to claim he was recruiting them to trade in crypto-currency.
“In reality, messages he sent to them clearly showed he was supplying them with drugs and coercing them into acting on his behalf.
“Illegal drugs are not only harmful as substances, but the drug trade itself brings a network of exploitation and violence, often involving children, that destroys lives.
“The severity of this custodial sentence should send a strong message to anybody concerned in the supply of drugs in our city that this will not be tolerated, and you will be brought to justice.”
Story courtesy of www.theargus.co.uk/news
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