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Druf dealer jailed

PUBLISHED: 15:57 14 July 2010 | UPDATED: 11:48 23 August 2010

A drug dealer who thought he was untouchable has been jailed for 19 months after police set up a covert surveillance operation. Colin Hoare, 47, of Roehampton Close, Gravesend had no idea he was being watched by the cops as he peddled his trade on the t

A drug dealer who thought he was "untouchable" has been jailed for 19 months after police set up a covert surveillance operation.

Colin Hoare, 47, of Roehampton Close, Gravesend had no idea he was being watched by the cops as he peddled his trade on the town's streets.

At Maidstone Crown Court on Friday Hoare was jailed after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply cannabis and the supply of cannabis.

Inspector Ivan Beasley from north Kent's drug intervention team said: "We are pleased with the sentence given by the court to a man who believed he was untouchable.

"It sends a message to those who think they can get away with dealing in drugs and bullying others around them into assisting them or hiding their drugs for them.

"The dedicated North Kent drug intervention team works closely with neighbourhood officers to continue to disrupt and catch those who prey on our communities."

Magistrates' heard how police saw him pass an item to the driver of a VW Golf during an operation in the Roehampton Close area in September last year. They later stopped the car and the driver was found to have a £10 deal of cannabis. Forensic enquiries carried out afterwards linked Hoare to the deal.

Police were earlier alerted after they swooped on a white Vauxhall van parked in Roehampton Close in June, 2009. With the help of a drugs sniffer dog, the key to the vehicle was found in long grass nearby, in a small package which also contained a number of small deals of herbal cannabis.

Once they opened the van, police found a blue shoebox in the rear, and inside were around 50 deals of herbal cannabis.

A further large bundle of herbal cannabis was found inside a plastic carrier bag. The drugs had a street value of around £5,000.

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