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Jail for dealer caught with coke worth £1m

PUBLISHED: 18:18 05 May 2010 | UPDATED: 11:41 23 August 2010

A JUDGE wiped the smile off this drug dealer s face when he jailed him for seven years for possessing cocaine worth an estimated £1 million. Christopher Oliver (pictured right) was found with a 4.8kg drugs haul and £45,000 in cash during an early morning

A JUDGE wiped the smile off this drug dealer's face when he jailed him for seven years for possessing cocaine worth an estimated £1 million.

Christopher Oliver (pictured right) was found with a 4.8kg drugs haul and £45,000 in cash during an early morning police raid in Bonaventure Court, Gravesend, in March.

The 25-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to supply class A drugs at Maidstone Crown Court.

Judge Patience said Oliver was not the "gofer" he had claimed to be but a trusted member of a drugs ring. He added: "Class A drugs wreck people's lives, and the lives of their families, and we in court have to pick up the pieces."

Oliver fled from the scene, trying to discard the drugs as he was chased by officers, but was caught in a garden nearby. He was arrested and appeared at Dartford Magistrates Court the following day.

The court heard Oliver, who suffers from autism, became involved in the drugs scene to pay off gambling debts.

DC Adam Denny from North Kent's drugs intervention team was in court to hear the sentence last Friday.

He said: "I am pleased with the result which reflects the seriousness of the offence. It is also good news that this substantial amount of cocaine was seized and has therefore not made it onto the streets of Gravesend.

"We will continue to work to disrupt and dismantle drugs networks in north Kent.

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