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Drug dealer jailed after coming to Maidstone with bags of crack

A drug dealer has been jailed after Maidstone officers arrested him with a hidden bag of heroin and crack cocaine.

At around 9.30am on 16 April 2019, plain-clothed officers were on patrol when they saw Andrew Bryant-Bell walk out of an alleyway in St Peter Street, where a group of known drug users were standing.

He got into the passenger seat of a car which drove to Lower Stone Street and stopped outside a shop.

The officers approached the vehicle and Bryant-Bell was arrested. They also seized four mobile phones and £160.

One of the phones contained messages relating to drug dealing and he was charged with possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply.

Following a search at the police station, the officers suspected he had drugs hidden about his person and he was remanded following an appearance before Medway Magistrates’ Court

After 192 hours in custody, he handed investigators a bag containing 35 heroin deals and 48 crack cocaine deals. These have an estimated street value of £820.

Appearing at Maidstone Crown Court on 15 May, Bryant-Bell of Third Avenue, Dagenham, Essex pleaded guilty.

At the same court on Tuesday 9 July, the 35-year-old was sentenced to three years and four months in prison.

District Commander, Chief Inspector Ray Quiller said: ‘Bryant-Bell came to Maidstone with a significant amount of Class A drugs and believed he could avoid arrest by hiding the cocaine and heroin.

‘Our plain clothes officers are diligent in their searches and will take measures to seize drugs, wherever they are secreted.

‘This sentence should send a message to dealers that if they visit this town they will swiftly be brought to justice.’