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A Gravesend man has been sentenced to seven years in jail after being caught with more than £1million of cocaine.
The 4.8kg of drugs were found along with £45,000 in cash at a property in Bonaventure Court in the town in March.
Christopher Oliver, 25, tried to escape but was found in a nearby garden and arrested.
Oliver appeared at Maidstone Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.
Sentencing him to seven years imprisonment, Judge Patience said Oliver was not the ‘gofer’ he had claimed to be but a trusted member of a drugs ring. He added that class A drugs ruin lives and families and the courts are left to pick up the pieces.
DC Adam Denny from North Kent’s drugs intervention team was in court to hear the sentence.
He said: “I am pleased with the result which reflects the seriousness of the offence. It is also good news that this substantial amount of cocaine was seized and has therefore not made it onto the streets of Gravesend. We will continue to work to disrupt and dismantle drugs networks in North Kent.”