A Peterborough couple who ran a criminal enterprise selling class A drugs across the county have been sentenced.

Police raided the home of Mohammed Ahmed in Cottonwood Drive on September 21 last year and found £5,000 stashed in his wardrobe and three mobile phones in his bed.

A search of his vehicle also produced another £200 in cash and wraps of cocaine in the driver’s door and in the sunglasses holder.

At the same time, officers also searched the home of his girlfriend, Helen Sutcliffe, in Glover Drive and found further wraps of cocaine, edible cannabis and a drug debt and delivery list.

At Cambridge Crown Court on March 3, 25-year-old Ahmed was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of class A drugs and possession of criminal property.

Sutcliffe, 40, was sentenced on January 11, to 18 months in prison, suspended for 18 months, after pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

Detective Constable Jacob Reeves, who investigated, said: “This drug dealing duo were running a sophisticated criminal enterprise supplying class A drugs throughout Cambridgeshire and the surrounding area. Unfortunately for the pair they left a trail of evidence behind and have now been sentenced for their crimes.

“County lines bring misery to our communities in the form of drug dealing, exploitation and violence.”

The raids were part of Operation Hypernova, a crackdown on exploitation and illegal drugs.

During the operation, 33 county lines were dismantled, with crack cocaine, cocaine, heroin and cannabis worth more than £600,000 seized along with hundreds of thousands of pounds in cash and assets including vehicles, jewellery and clothing. Several weapons were also seized.