A county lines 'PR' man who sent thousands of texts for special offers on crack and heroin has been jailed.

Omed Raofi, 21, from Edgware, was responsible for advertising the drugs his gang supplied to east Surrey.

He signed off his texts using the county lines name Harlem. Customers would then text him back their orders.

He would also share where and when one of his drugs runners would be in the area, so the users could meet and buy drugs face to face.

Raofi was arrested on June 10 at his home address in Fairmead Crescent, Edgware.

He pleaded guilty to two charges of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs at Guildford Crown Court on and was sentenced to 44 months prison.

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Omed Raofi, 21, from Edgware. Photo: SWNS

A Surrey police spokesperson said: "The name Harlem was used in the same way that a legitimate business would use their branding - to reinforce to users the quality and service that they could expect - particularly when the phone numbers used to send the text messages were changed frequently."

When Raofi was arrested, officers found four “burner” phones, five extra sim cards, and boxes for a number of other phones.

They also seized £420 in cash, which has now been forfeited under the misuse of drugs legislation.

PC John Bush said: "Omed Raofi thought he could keep ahead of the law by handling the marketing, rather than the delivery, of the drugs.

"He'd frequently change phone numbers, using pay and go sims in cheap 'burner phones', in an attempt to stay off our radar.

"While we are often able to arrest the drugs runners, people like Raofi regard the runners as expendable.

"By targeting the people responsible for the marketing we believe we have completely dismantled the activities of this criminal gang."