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County lines drug supplier jailed for Sheerness dealing

A county lines drug supplier who co-ordinated the sale of crack cocaine and heroin in Sheerness has been jailed for five years.

Jordan Watkis, 22, arranged for another man to sell the class A substances in the town while he agreed the deals from his home address in London.

Detectives established through mobile phone analysis that they travelled to Sheppey together on Thursday 6 September 2018 before Watkis, of Parkholme Road, Hackney, returned to the capital alone.

Over the next several days he received numerous text messages from local drug users, who he put into contact with his associate after agreeing a price.

Watkis travelled back to Kent on Monday 10 September and was arrested at a property in Sydney Road, Chatham, the following day.

He pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of class A drugs and was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday 31 May 2019.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Robin Hemsley said: ‘London gangs are always looking for new markets in which to sell crack cocaine and heroin but this case demonstrates that we do not tolerate such offending in any part of Kent.

‘We will continue to target those who seek to bring class A drugs into our towns in order to protect those most vulnerable to the harm they cause.’