Drug dealer in Luton's '˜Jay-Z line' sent to prison

A key player in a Luton drugs operation known as the '˜Jay-Z line' has been jailed for nearly three years.

Nico Gonsalves, 27, of Icknield Road, Luton, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, namely heroin and cocaine.

Gonsalves was arrested as part of a major probe by Bedfordshire Police, which found he was a key player in the so-called ‘Jay-Z line’.

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When he was arrested, he was found with a large amount of drug wraps containing heroin and cocaine, as well as cash.

Officers discovered that Gonsalves had spent around £5,000 hiring executive vehicles and been on regular holidays abroad. From his property they recovered a Rolex watch worth around £9,500 and a total of £4,735 in cash.

At Luton Crown Court on Tuesday (8 January), Gonsalves was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.

Detective Inspector Justin Dipper said: “This was an extremely sensitive investigation involving numerous lines of enquiry, so we are pleased that he’s now behind bars.

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“Drugs are extremely damaging to our communities and drug dealing won’t be tolerated in our county. We want to send a strong message to people who are looking into making a profit on other people’s misery, we will catch you and we will bring you to justice.

“There was lots of evidence of the cash-rich lifestyle that Gonsalves led. He will now spend time behind bars and hopefully he will use this time to reflect on his actions.”