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Drug dealer jailed after officers find 15 bags of cocaine and a tub of cash

By Matt Whale

A drug dealer has been jailed after £16,000 in cash and 15 bags of cocaine were found in his crashed vehicle.

Ashley Morris, 28, sped away after seeing officers in February before crashing into a kerb in Longley Road, Rochester.

Police found the drugs and cash, which was contained in a sweets tub, shortly afterwards.

Ashley Morris, 28, has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison.

Upon finding links to an address in Cecil Road, Rochester, police also found a large machete and more evidence of drug supply, including mini scales and self-seal bags.

Morris, of Humber Crescent in Strood, was charged with possessing class A drugs with intent to supply, possessing criminal property and dangerous driving.

He was sentenced to four and a half years in prison at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday after pleading guilty.

He was also disqualified from driving for four years and three months, and will have to take an extended re-test.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Mark Donovan said: "Drugs ruin lives and we will stop at nothing to stop those responsible for bringing cocaine and other illegal substances to the streets of Kent.

"This particular case does not end with Morris’ sentencing, as we will now seek to permanently deprive him of the cash we seized using legislation under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

"It is important that criminals are not allowed to continue to benefit from their offending once they have been released from prison, and that we send a loud and clear message that crime does not pay."

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