Rapper Asco Found Guilty Of Supplying Class A Drugs Through County Lines Network
1 August 2019, 17:25 | Updated: 2 August 2019, 10:28
The Met Police has issued a statement saying that East London rapper Asco, who supplied Class A drugs via a county lines network, has been found guilty.
The conviction, which took place on Tuesday, 30 July, came after an eight-week trial at Blackfriars Crown Court.
Asco, whose real name is Asfa Allen, and his associate Akwasi Kwateng, were both found guilty of conspiracy to supply heroin via a county lines network.
Four others have already pleaded guilty to the charges.
All six men were convicted under Operation Halmist – an operation established by the Met Police's Specialist Crime North set up with the purpose of interrupting organised Class A drug distribution.
The "So Litt" rapper, 32, of Gillingham, Kent and his associate, Akwasi Kwateng, 24 of Hackney, London will be sentenced during the week commencing Monday, 9 Sept.
Detective Inspector Dave Williams, from Specialist Crime North, said: “Drug dealing is inextricably linked to the violence we have seen across the Capital.
“Allen, who also went by the stage name ‘ASCO’ had landed a successful and lucrative recording contract with a major label where he could have left his life of crime and violence behind.
"However he could not release his grip on running a county lines route and will now be spending time behind bars instead of working on his music."