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Kent drug peddler sent to jail

A drug dealer who was delivering cocaine on a mountain bike in Tunbridge Wells has been jailed.

On 31 October 2019, officers from the town’s Community Policing Team saw Jetnor Dalipi cycling along Lime Hill Road.

Suspecting he was involved in the supply of drugs, the patrol stopped and searched him in Amherst Road, and in his jacket pocket they seized 11 wraps of cocaine along with a mobile phone and £175.

He was arrested and when the phone was checked it contained texts connected to drug dealing. The cocaine was later analysed and found to have an estimated street value of between £440 and £550.

Dalipi of no fixed address was charged with possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply and being concerned in the supply of drugs.

The 21-year-old pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court and at the same court on Friday 6 December he was sentenced to three years in prison.

Kent Police’s District Commander for Tunbridge Wells, Chief Inspector Peter Steenhuis said: ‘My officers are always alert for visiting drug dealers and were quick to spot Dalipi on his bike.

‘A search located the cocaine and this criminal will now be spending some time in prison. We will also be taking steps to confiscate the money in his possession.

‘My message to those who seek to deal hard drugs in our town is clear; it is only a matter of time before you are brought to justice.’