A London criminal gang cynically "exploited" two vulnerable 15-year-old boys to sell heroin and crack cocaine in Hull during a big County Lines drugs operation.

The boys were found at a Bransholme house with their pockets full of drugs after a woman's home was taken over as a supply base.

A Taser was also there and, in another incident, a man was stabbed in a dispute over drugs, Hull Crown Court heard.

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One of the other "runners" used in the drugs operation was warned that his mother would be harmed if he did not comply.

Kaimarr Reid, 20, and Shavon Walker, 21, admitted conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine between November 1, 2019 and April 8 last year.

Eduard Coser, 20, admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine on February 7 last year.

Recorder Mark McKone QC told the court that at least four youths, who were in care in Sheffield, Hertfordshire and Croydon, were "exploited" by a County Lines gang.

They were transported to Hull to be used by a London criminal group in supplying drugs in the city.

Drug users were "exploited and targeted" in Hull and their homes were taken over, with four bases in Beverley Road, Coltman Street, Gatwick Garth and Padstow Garth used for distributing heroin and cocaine.

"Significant dealing was taking place from all four locations over many months," said Recorder McKone.

"Drug dealing is always serious but the public are rightly horrified at this practice of criminals exploiting young, vulnerable people."

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Police went to the home of drug user Gina Collingwood in Gatwick Garth, Bransholme, on January 30 last year.

Her premises were being used for drugs and Walker and two 15-year-old boys were asleep in the sitting room.

One boy was on a sofa and the other was lying on a mattress. Walker was lying on the floor next to the mattress. A Taser was on the floor.

Large numbers of wraps of heroin and cocaine were with the boys.

One had 55 wraps of cocaine and 50 of heroin and the other teenager had 154 wraps of cocaine and 41 of heroin.

Walker had £206 cash in his trouser pocket.

Police discovered that bulk marketing text messages indicating that heroin and cocaine were for sale had been sent to 99 people.

They showed that the "best of both" drugs and the "best deals" were available 24 hours a day.

Walker was involved in the "direction of runners" to supply the drugs.

He had a "management function" within the County Lines operation directing the two 15-year-old boys, who both had many wraps of drugs in their pockets.

Walker lived in London and "travelled well over 200 miles" from his home to do that.

"You were acting under instruction," said Recorder McKone.

"You were controlling others and the two boys who were only 15. You agree that your offending was for financial gain."

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Reid also had a management role and he and Coser were at Padstow House when there was a dispute with another man over drugs.

One of them produced a knife and the man was stabbed.

Police seized claw hammers and knuckle dusters from the Padstow House flat.

Police tracked Reid down after he went into hospital in Croydon after being injured.

Coser lived in Oxfordshire but was offered two months' work in Hull for cash in hand but was actually there for only a week and was involved in supply on only one day.

Recorder McKone told Coser: "You were told that your mother would be harmed if you did not comply."

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Reid had convictions for eight previous offences, including possessing an offensive weapon, possessing cannabis and possessing counterfeit currency.

Walker had convictions for 23 previous offences, including six of drugs possession.

Both men had been in custody since February last year.

Coser had no previous convictions and was working for a finance company.

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Reid, of Thornton Heath, Surrey, was sent to a young offenders' institution for six years. Walker, of Croydon, Surrey, was given detention of three-and-a-half years. The £206 cash found on him will be forfeited.

Coser, of Witney, Oxfordshire, was given a 22-month suspended prison sentence, 200 hours' unpaid work and 30 days' rehabilitation.

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