Tunbridge Wells Drug Dealer Jailed

25 September 2018, 14:17 | Updated: 25 September 2018, 15:10

39 year old Lloyd Ramsey mug shot

A Tunbridge Wells drug dealer who used his flat as a base to supply heroin and crack cocaine has started a 3 year prison sentence.

Lloyd Ramsey operated from a flat in Chenies Close but was caught after plain clothes officers on patrol spotted a suspected deal.

Back in February, Ramsey was seen by police approaching a known drug user in St Mark's Road.

The 39-year-old was arrested and a search was then carried out at his Chenies Close home.

Officers then discovered 19-year-old Angelica Newell sat on a sofa.

Wraps containing heroin and crack cocaine were laid out before her on a coffee table.

More drugs were discovered hidden inside her bra and concealed in a tub in her pocket.

In total 68 wraps of Class A drugs were seized, along with £130 in cash.

During police interview Ramsey admitted he was a heroin user but denied being a dealer.

Newell, of Denmark Hill, Camberwell, London, claimed she owed money to people and had accepted an offer from someone to be paid to travel to Tunbridge Wells on a train and deliver drugs. 

At Maidstone Crown Court Ramsey pleaded guilty to two counts of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

He was sentenced last Thursday (20 September).

Newell admitted two counts of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.

She was given a suspended sentence of 21 months and must undergo a drug rehabilitation course.

Detective Sergeant Dave Higham said:

“Ramsey's home was effectively used as a safe house, from which drug deals could be organised by a network of criminals with links to London gangs.

We work relentlessly to tackle both the misuse and supply of drugs in this town and our officers have extensive knowledge of known users and also the criminals who attempt to operate within our communities.

The support we receive from residents also continues to be important in deterring dealers such as Ramsey from operating in Tunbridge Wells, so please remember to report anything that may seem suspicious.”