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Christopher Asante jailed for dealing a Class A crack cocaine in Richmond Road, Gillingham.

By Lizzie Massey

A man has been jailed for dealing a Class A drug in Gillingham.

Christopher Asante was stopped by police Friday, October 23, 2013, in Richmond Road, Gillingham.

He was searched, found with crack cocaine, and arrested.

A more rigorous search at the police station found ten wraps of the drug were hidden internally.

Christopher Asante jailed for dealing crack cocaine in Gillingham.

The 25-year-old appeared before Maidstone Crown Court this month where he was found guilty of possessing crack cocaine with intent to supply and sentenced to four years behind bars.

Asante had claimed the drugs were for his personal use but the prosecution was able to prove that he was travelling from where he lived in East Dulwich, London, to Gillingham to sell the drug.

After he was arrested and being taken to the police station Asante also admitted having herbal cannabis stashed in his sock and handed it over to police.

The drugs had an estimated street value of over £200.

Police officer DC Phil Pead said: "I am pleased with this result. It sends a clear message to dealers from London that they will be dealt with robustly and effectively by Kent Police and the courts if they travel to the Medway Towns to sell their drugs here.

"This case highlights the value of having experienced and vigilant police officers, such as PC’s Mike Williams and Dan Kerrigan, patrolling our streets and making effective use of Stop and Search Powers."

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