Two Burton men who dealt heroin and crack cocaine have been jailed.
Tareem Shakil of Curtis Way and Mohammed Shakil of Shobnall Street used three houses in Swadlincote to run their illegal trade over a six month period until they were caught in January.
Tareem Shakil (26) of Curtis Way, Burton Upon Trent and Mohammed Shakil (47) of Shobnall Street, Burton Upon Trent have today received three years each in prison.
Jacques Ntabagara (44) of Daley Close, Birmingham received a two year community order and a six month rehabilitation order.
Tareem Shakil and Jaques Ntabagara previously pleaded guilty to the offences, which took place between July 2017 and January 2018.
Mohammed Shakil previously pleaded not guilty but was found guilty during the trial at Derby Crown Court on Thursday, November 8.
DC Christopher Shelton who works on the Proactive Unit in Derby said: “Countylines, known as cuckooing, is an ongoing issue within our county.
“The issue predominantly affects market towns where addresses are taken over by violent gang members who exploit vulnerable people to move and sell drugs.
“This gang took over the house of a vulnerable man and left him scared to live in his own home.
“These sentences show that we will work tirelessly to bring these types of offenders to justice.
“I would like to encourage communities to look out for signs of cuckooing in their local areas. Signs may include, an address being visited by many people at all times of the day and night, many cars visiting the property and evidence of drug use around the address.”