Jailed: Drug dealer took on names of criminals from TV series The Wire to live lavish lifestyle

Sean Morrison
Raphael Castillo: The drug dealer who used the names of criminal characters from the well-renowned TV series The Wire: PA

A drug dealer who used the names of criminal characters from the well-renowned TV series The Wire has been jailed.

Raphael Castillo, 29, led a well-organised drugs operation which saw London-based dealers rent homes in Somerset in order to supply Class A drugs.

The brazen dealer even registered a car in the name of Marlo Stanfield – the ruthless head of the fictional Stanfield Organisation in the hit American TV series.

He took out a mobile phone contract under the name Avon Barsdale,a drug dealer in the Baltimore-based show that stars Idris Elba.

Police raided Castillo’s south-east London home and an uncovered the extent of his lavish lifestyle in December last year.

Officers seized a large quantity of luxury goods, including a £7,300 Rolex watch, a Fendi backpack worth £2,500 and trainers costing in more than £1,000.

A £7,300 Rolex watch was among goods seized as police raided Raphael Castillo's sout-east London home(PA)

About £3,000 in cash was also located within a speaker in the boot of his car.

Castillo previously admitted charges of being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine between March and September 2016, and possession of criminal property.

The dealer, of Vestry Road, Camberwell, was jailed by a judge at Bristol Crown Court for five years and eight months.

He was also ordered to pay back £12,775 as part of a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

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Avon and Somerset Police estimate Castillo benefited from £71,430.67 through crime.

Detective Constable Richard Grierson, who led the investigation, said: "Raphael Castillo was undoubtedly the leader of this county lines drugs operation.

"He fancied himself as a gangster figure and registered a vehicle in the name of Marlo Stanfield and a phone in the name of Avon Barksdale, both fictional drug dealers from US TV series The Wire.

"All the dealers working for this county lines operation were from London and have come to Yeovil to deal large quantities of class A drugs from rented properties.

"It cannot be seen as anything other than a lucrative money-making operation with a clear hierarchy which was headed up by Castillo.

"They were extremely well-organised and, while we don't know the value of drugs they've supplied, we believe it will be substantial in terms of quantity and value."

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