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Cocaine dealers jailed for total of 11 years

PUBLISHED: 16:24 05 August 2009 | UPDATED: 10:56 23 August 2010

FOUR cocaine dealers have been jailed for more than 11 years after police seized almost £85,000 of the drug in co-ordinated raids. The gang of two men and two women were sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court for running the drug network in Gravesend. They

FOUR cocaine dealers have been jailed for more than 11 years after police seized almost £85,000 of the drug in co-ordinated raids.

The gang of two men and two women were sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court for running the drug network in Gravesend.

They all pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs at earlier hearings, when the court heard search warrants were executed in December last year and the suspects arrested.

Peter Glisson was jailed for five years, Christian Bennett was sentenced to four years imprisonment, Phillipa Jackson to 15 months and Larisa Wild, to one year, last Thursday.

Inspector Ivan Beasley, who led the investigation, said: "These sentences show how serious supplying cocaine is and should be a clear warning to any others involved in this type of crime.

"Cocaine is not a safe drug and is usually significantly mixed with other substances. In the north Kent area we have seen cocaine cut with various anaesthetics, cattle de-wormer and even cockroach poison."

The first raid was at Malvina Avenue, the home of Christian Bennett, 20, where scales and bags were recovered. He was arrested in his car driving along Lower Higham Road with 11 wraps of cocaine with a street value of £500 and £1,200 cash.

During a second raid at Waterdales, Northfleet, Phillipa Jackson, 22, of Waterdales, Northfleet and Larisa Wild, 22, of Thalia Court, Gravesend, were found, along with 775 grams of cocaine with a street value of £43,965, scales, bags and cutting agents.

The third was at Allington Drive, Strood, where Peter Glisson, 25, lived, which revealed documents but no drugs. He was arrested two days after the warrants were executed after handing himself in. Drugs were discovered in his van, which had been found and searched near Ruffets Wood, Gravesend. Officers found 668 grams of cocaine with a street value of £38,565.

There was nothing found at a fourth address.

Bennett pleaded guilty on April 24, Wild and Glisson on May 15 and Jackson on July 16.

Inspector Beasley added: "The North Kent Police Drug Intervention Team responsible for this excellent result continues on a daily basis with our partners to rid the harm to our communities that illegal drugs can cause."

If you have any information about illegal drug use and supply, contact the team through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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