Medway: Drug Dealer Jailed

A London-based drug dealer who attempted to supply heroin in Medway is behind bars.

Police arrested Daniel Mackenzie last year when Class A drugs were seized from a property in Chatham.

Officers from Operation Jupiter – a specialist anti-drugs unit in North Kent - executed a search warrant at Mara Court in October, 2015. Inside they found 25-year-old Mackenzie and 41 wraps, containing heroin and cocaine.

Police then searched Mackenzie’s London home in Sydenham where they found further evidence linked to drug offences, including scales and a list of phone numbers.

Forensic tests later linked Mackenzie’s DNA to the wraps found at Mara Court.

Mackenzie appeared at Maidstone Crown Court and pleaded guilty to possessing heroin with intent to supply. He also admitted a further charge of possessing cocaine and was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison.

Kent Police say Operation Jupiter is part of local strategy designed to tackle emerging criminal gangs, whose members often travel into the county from other areas. "The strategy includes taking robust action to deter criminals in areas including Medway, Swale, Gravesham and Dartford, often in connection with the sale and distribution of drugs."

Chief Superintendent Adrian Futers, commander of Kent Police’s North Division said: "We are now starting to see some really positive results in the courts following a lot of hard work by my officers.

"Going forward, Operation Jupiter will be used to continue to develop our intelligence into how these people operate and we will also continue to deal with them robustly.

"The message remains the same, if you come into our communities to sell drugs expect to be caught, expect to go to prison.’