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Two Farningham drug dealers sentenced for conspiracy to supply £80,000-worth of amphetamines

PUBLISHED: 14:56 30 June 2017

George Powell

George Powell

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Caffeine powder, a cutting agent, was also found at the crime scene

Two drug dealers from Farningham have been sentenced for conspiracy to supply amphetamines worth more than £80,000.

George Powell, 40, of London Road, Farningham, has been imprisoned for three and a half year after being found guilty by a jury at Woolwich Crown Court on June 27.

Kirby Osborne, 31, of the same address, was also found guilty but received a 12-month sentence suspended for two years.

On August 15, officers were searching two farms on London Road, when they found items they suspected to be connected to the supply of controlled drugs.

Police called for a drugs dog and on arrival the dog directed police to a cool-bos and twpo cardboard boxes inside a locked cabin. They discovered 3.8 kilogrammes of white paste which was amphetamine mixed with caffeine, with a street value of £28,050, and £56,100.

Caffeine powder is often used as a cutting agent for controlled drugs and the cardboard boxes were found to contain 15 kilogrammes of the powder stored in plastic bags along with a spoon and a plastic jug coated in traces of caffeine and amphetamine.

Powell lived at an address near to where the amphetamine was seized and his fingerprints were subsequently found on a bag containing caffeine.

Enquiries with the supplier of the caffeine revealed that it had been bought for £1,050 using a bank transfer from Osborne’s account.

The bank had been notified by Osborne that the payment was for ‘chicken feed’ and thus disguising the fact that a potential cutting agent had been bought in large quantities.

Powell was already serving a custodial sentence on an unrelated charge and will serve this additional sentence consecutivley.

Investigating officer, detective sergeant Richard Spicer, said: “Powell and Osbourne were running a large scale drugs operation and thought they could get away with it but thanks to excellent work by one of our drugs dogs they were stopped in their tracks and bought to justice.

“They had no regard for the damage these drugs would cause to hundreds of people and their families, and were only concerned about making as much money as possible and I’m pleased that Powell has received a significant sentence for his part in this crime.”

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