Published: 10:45, 20 April 2017 |
Updated: 13:47, 20 April 2017
A dozy drug dealer’s career came to a swift end after his phone call was overheard by an off-duty police officer in Maidstone.
Shalmuwn Hall’s gaffe landed him a 12-month prison sentence alongside fellow dealers Kieron Murphy, 21, and Christopher Tregunno, 26.
Hall, 23, was sentenced last week after he pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of cannabis and possessing cannabis with intent to supply.
Tregunno, of Fairmeadow, Maidstone was also jailed for 10 months after pleading guilty to the same charges, while Murphy, who has no fixed address was jailed in March for two and a half years after pleading guilty to two charges of possession with intent to supply cocaine and cannabis.
Maidstone Crown Court heard how Hall had travelled from London to supply drugs in the County Town and that he was arrested in the town centre three times in five weeks for drug offences.
He was first arrested in September last year – two days after Murphy was found in possession of one gram of cocaine and a further six half grams of the substance. Analysis of Murphy’s phone showed he had recently texted Hall to request ‘six halves and one gram’.
Hall was arrested again four days later, this time after security staff reported seeing him drop a large bag of pills in Market Buildings.
After patting Hall down a officers uncovered a large amount of clear bags used to supply drugs. He also had £1,000 in cash on him.
Hall was arrested yet again in mid-October after a plain clothed officer in the town centre overheard him talking to Tregunno on the phone about a drug deal.
"Hall came to Maidstone with the sole intention of supplying drugs and together with Tregunno and Murphy they would have exploited vulnerable people for their own gain – damaging numerous lives in the process." - Suzanne Basford, detective sergeant at Kent Police
The off duty constable followed Tregunno and saw him meet with Hall. As Hall was about to hand over a package, he realised he had been followed and attempted to run. However, the officer chased down both men.
Suzanne Basford detective sergeant, said: “Hall came to Maidstone with the sole intention of supplying drugs and together with Tregunno and Murphy they would have exploited vulnerable people for their own gain – damaging numerous lives in the process.
“This is something that we and the courts take a dim view on and I welcome the sentences passed by the court on all three of these offenders.”
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