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Gravesend drug dealer hid more than 100 wraps of crack cocaine and heroin behind his sofa

PUBLISHED: 10:15 30 October 2017

Stephen Ives

Stephen Ives

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Police raided his property in February

A drug dealer caught with more than 100 wraps of crack cocaine and heroin has been jailed.

Police found text messages linking 30-year-old Stephen Ives to drug dealing after an investigation earlier this year.

The former Valley Drive, Gravesend resident was jailed for two years and nine months after admitting a number of drug charges at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday, October 25.

On February 9, police raided Ives’ home, where they discovered 106 individually wraps hidden behind a sofa.

Crack cocaine and heroin were found inside the wraps.

A search of his phone found further evidence of dealing, and Ives was quickly arrested.

Detective constable Terry Hanlon said: “Ives was found in his property with drugs hidden and it was clear that he was operating with an intent to sell these drugs.

“I’m pleased he has been sentenced and that we’ve been able to remove another drug dealer off the streets and I hope that this sends a message to anyone thinking of becoming involved in this type of crime, ultimately it does not pay and we will find you and bring you to justice.”

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