Man sentenced to four years in prison for drug dealing

Benit Tshikuna, of Rydal Way, in Bletchley who has been sentenced to four years in prison for dealing drugs. PNL-150306-110414001
Benit Tshikuna, of Rydal Way, in Bletchley who has been sentenced to four years in prison for dealing drugs. PNL-150306-110414001
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A Bletchley man has been sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for possession with intent to supply controlled class A drugs.

Benit Tshikuna, 19, of Rydal Way in Bletchley, was found guilty by unanimous jury at Aylesbury Crown Court on Friday of one count of possession with intent to supply heroin and one count of possession with intent to supply cocaine.

He was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment and ordered to forfeit £700 which was seized from him.

Tshikuna is the second defendant in a joint case with Jama Abdi, 23, of Chalk Road, London who had pleaded guilty to these offences at a hearing on September 29, 2014 at Amersham Crown Court.

He was sentenced to three years and six months’ imprisonment for each count, to serve concurrently.

On July 2, 2014, these men were seen acting suspiciously in an alleyway in Oldbrook, Milton Keynes. Police attended the location where both men were detained and arrested for drugs offences.

While en-route to Milton Keynes custody Abdi was found to have 34 wraps of class A drugs on him (both cocaine and heroin) hidden within his trousers, which was falling out.

Tshikuna was arrested and taken back to Milton Keynes police station. During a strip search he was found to have £680 in cash hidden in his pants and a further £20.93 in his pocket. He was also found in possession of three mobile phones and a small deal bag of cannabis. The phones were downloaded and on one of them was a text message relating to drug dealing.

Tshikuna was charged and pleaded not guilty. His trial started on May 26, 2015 and he was found guilty on Friday.

Tshikuna and Abdi were sentenced as part of Operation Dipsomania, an investigation to tackle the supply of Class A and B drugs in Milton Keynes.

The operation has been conducted by Milton Keynes Local CID with the assistance of local Neighbourhood police officers into the supply of drugs in the town between 2013 and 2014.

A number of warrants were carried out during which drugs with an estimated street value of between £78,350 and £81,350 were seized.

Four other men and one woman have previously been convicted and are currently serving prison sentences as part of this operation.

PC Michael Cook from Milton Keynes police station said: “This result comes at the end of a 12-month investigation into the supply of class A drugs across Milton Keynes and further highlights Thames Valley Police’s commitment to investigate and pursue the few individuals and groups who seek to prey on the vulnerable within our communities.”