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Drug-dealers Kish Redmond and Benjamin Harvey-James jailed for transporting drugs between London and Canterbury

10 December 2013
by Lowri Stafford

Two drug-dealers who used the railways to transport heroin and cocaine between London and Canterbury have been jailed.

Kish Redmond, 25, of Heath Road in Nine Elms and Benjamin Harvey-James, 19, of Besley Street in Streatham, admitted conspiracy to supply the class A drugs.

Kish Redmond and Benjamin Harvey James

Drug-dealers Kish Redmond and Benjamin Harvey-James have been jailed

Redmond was sent to prison for four years and three months, while Harvey-James was given a three year and four month term in a young offenders' institute.

Canterbury woman Sarah Matlock, 29, also pleaded guilty to allowing drugs to be produced at her home in Prioress Road, and was handed a 12 month prison sentence suspended for two years.

The court heard how Redmond and Harvey-James travelled between London and Canterbury stations to supply drugs throughout Kent between October 2012 and February 2013.

Redmond was responsible for supplying heroin and cocaine to the area, whilst Harvey-James would transport and sell on the drugs in Canterbury.

After arriving in Canterbury, the pair would head to Matlock’s house to arrange the drugs into raps to be sold.

Redmond and Harvey-James were identified after detectives discovered the pair had made more than 50 trips to the area to supply drugs.

They were arrested in February this year after officers raided the house in Canterbury, and the trio were later charged.

Detective Sergeant Sam Painter, who led the operation for the British Transport Police, says: “I welcome the sentences given to these individuals and hope this sends a strong warning to others that carrying or dealing drugs on the transport network is not acceptable.

“BTP carries out regular operations, including the use of detection dogs, to catch those carrying illegal substances on trains and in stations.

“Drugs will not be tolerated anywhere on the rail network and officers will do everything in their power to bring prosecutions against those concerned with the supply of drugs.”

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