Father Matthew Wright jailed after cocaine worth £250,000 found in Isle of Sheppey shed
by Paul Hooper and Alex Claridge
A scrap metal dealer caught with more than half a kilo of
cocaine has today been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.
Father-of-two Matthew Wright, from Chatham, was arrested
last year after police raided a shed in Leysdown on the Isle of
Sheppey and found him with drugs with a street value estimated at
The shed contained 658grams of cocaine, scales and cutting
agents for increasing the amount of the class A drug, which would
later be sold on the street.
Canterbury Crown Court heard police followed 29-year-old Wright
and another man from a house in Chatham to a place called Taylor's
Breast, in Leysdown, on August 19, 2011.
They found the drug and weighing equipment plus a hydraulic
press and cutting agents such as boric acid and benzocaine.
Both Wright and the other man ran off and were found in fields
Wright, of Poachers Close, admitted being concerned in the
supply of a class A drug.
He also admitted being in possession of a prohibited weapon in
the form of a stun gun disguised as a torch and receiving stolen
goods in form of tools worth £600. They had been stolen from a
burglary and a tank trailer, which had been stolen in 2010.
The court heard Wright has previous convictions for taking
a vehicle without consent, assault, affray, being drunk and
disorderly, criminal damage, public order offences, burglary and
driving while banned.
Matthew Wright was
sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court
Michael Mcalinden, defending, said Wright had become involved in
the supply of drugs because the family of a friend had run up a
"A brother in the family was going to work off the drug debt and
Mr Wright allowed the use of a shed in Leysdown," the barrister
"He helped the brother out, but was not going to make any money
from the work.
"As for the prohibited weapon, he found it and put it in his
drawer. Being a scrap metal dealer, he would say that is
occupational hazard of his business to have property."
Judge Williams told Mr Mcalinden: "This was a significant
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