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5 September 2017, 12:29
Two drug dealers caught with 350 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine in Rochester have been jailed.
They were arrested after plain clothes officers on patrol in the town visited the property of a known drug user in the town.
Martin Bell and David Howell were found in a bedroom surrounded by drugs. Cling film, scales and bladed instruments were also seized as evidence of the pair’s intention to prepare and supply heroin and crack cocaine.
The drugs had an estimated street value of up to £3,500 and cash totalling £580 was also seized from the property.
Both men later tested positive for also using crack cocaine and heroin.
Appearing before Maidstone Crown Court Howell, aged 25 and formerly of Mays Lane, Barnet pleaded guilty to possessing both heroin and cocaine with intent to supply, as well as a charge of possessing cannabis.
Bell, aged 22 and of no fixed address, also admitted charges of possessing heroin and cocaine with intent to supply.
On 24 August they were each sentenced to 3 years and 2 months in prison.
Detective Inspector Kevin Downard said: "Operation Raptor is part of joint strategy between Kent Police and Essex Police designed to tackle emerging criminal gangs, whose members often travel from other areas of the country.
"This collaboration of resources will mean our response to deter criminals throughout the whole of Kent, often in connection with the sale and distribution of drugs, will be even more robust."