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Three-year sentence for 22-year-old class A drug dealer

A county lines dealer of class A drugs in Peterborough has been jailed for three years.
Sam Van Uden has been sentenced to three years in prison for county lines drug dealing (Photo: Cambridgeshire police)

Sam Van Uden, 22, was identified as running the ‘Scrappy’ county line which operated out of Peterborough, selling crack cocaine and heroin on a mass scale.

Evidence obtained from his mobile phones showed him bulk messaging a ‘broadcast’ to ‘customers’ offering to supply the drugs.

On May 18, his home in Paston was searched and more than £3,000 worth of drugs was found.

Van Uden, of Chelmer Garth, was arrested and later charged with being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine, as well as possession of cannabis, which he admitted in court.

On Monday, July 26, he appeared at Cambridge Crown Court where he was sentenced to three years in prison.

DC Jacob Reeves of Cambridgeshire Constabulary, who investigated, said: “County lines drug dealing is a priority for policing nationally, not just here in Cambridgeshire.

“This form of drug dealing often sees exploitation of vulnerable people, human trafficking and extreme violence, which is why it is of such a high importance for us to tackle and make our communities safer.

“My plea is for anyone who has concerns about county lines activity, or drug dealing in general, to get in touch with us.

“Drugs runners are invariably children, often young teenage boys, who are groomed with money and gifts or threatened with violence.”

Anyone with information or concerns about drug dealing can report it online.

Information about county lines drug dealing and the signs to look out for can be found on the force's website.