Dealers jailed for 17 years after police find drugs worth £3million in Dartford garage
PUBLISHED: 11:45 28 November 2013 | UPDATED: 11:47 28 November 2013
A drug dealing gang have been jailed for 17 years after police uncovered around £3million worth of cannabis and amphetamine in a Dartford garage.
Police swooped on Scott Baker, 24, of Betsham Road, Erith and Graham Roberts, 51, of Crown Quay Lane, Sittingbourne, after an intelligence-led operation.
The pair were arrested at a garage just off Bayly Road, in Dartford, in November last year.
A search of their vehicles and surrounding area uncovered a holdall containing a large bag of herbal cannabis. Officers then seized a mobile phone and £250 from Roberts, and £210 in cash plus two mobile phones from Baker.
An extensive search of the garage area found bags of white powder - later confirmed as amphetamine suplphate- and more cannabis.
The total street value of the drugs discovered was estimated to be between £3million and £4million.
Further investigations and phone records linked William Mill, 33, of Oakdene Avenue, Chislehurst, to the pair, as well as Daniel Erwin, 34, of an unknown address.
All four pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply drugs at Maidstone Crown Court and were sentenced yesterday.
Baker was jailed for four years, Roberts three years, Mill six years and Erwin four years.
Det Sgt Andy Nicoll said: “This was a significant drugs supply operation dealing in vast quantities of illegal substances and money.
“This was a significant find and undoubtedly had a disruptive impact on the drugs supply network in the area and we have been successful in taking a large amount of illegal drugs off the street.
“The evidence gathered by officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate was overwhelming – these four men had no choice but to admit their guilt and I’m pleased with today’s sentencing.”