Footballer sold heroin and cocaine for east London gang

Dagenham

A professional footballer who played a ‘significant’ role selling heroin and cocaine for a gang of dealers gang has been jailed for two-and-a-half years. Former Arsenal youth player Christian Toonga, 19, claimed he was pressured into working for the Custom House gang when he was arrested at a property in Sherborne, Wiltshire, last year. He was part of so called ‘cuckooing’ operation where gangs set up shop in the homes of vulnerable individuals. The midfielder said he was approached while…

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