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A suspected crack cocaine dealer has gone on trial after police discovered £10,000 worth of contraband in his home.

When officers raided Peter Baar’s Ashford flat they also uncovered heroin and a taser disguised as a torch, prosecutors said.

Peter Baars is on trial at Canterbury Crown Court. Picture: Facebook
Peter Baars is on trial at Canterbury Crown Court. Picture: Facebook

Baars, 52, is expected to argue the drugs and stun gun were “nothing to do with me” at Canterbury Crown Court this week.

But prosecutors claim Baars set up the 'Franky’ drugs line, with police discovering hundreds of cocaine and heroin wraps “strewn out”.

“This is a case about the supply of Class A drugs, specifically the supply of crack cocaine and heroin,” prosecutor Oliver Doherty told jurors.

“It is the prosecution’s case that the defendant, Mr Peter Bars was, with another man, involved with the supply of crack cocaine and heroin.

“In addition to that, the possession of a stun gun disguised as a torch.”

The case is being heard at Canterbury Crown Court. Stock picture
The case is being heard at Canterbury Crown Court. Stock picture

Footage played in court showed officers storming the property in March to discover co-defendant Gary Booth laying on the living room floor, declaring: “You nearly gave me a heart attack.”

Crack and heroin wraps with a street value of between £5,000 and £10,000 were found strewn across the bedroom floor, with hundreds stashed in a zip lock bag in the attic and 20 attached to a set of keys, Mr Doherty said.

An Oakcastle mobile phone carrying evidence of drug dealing was unearthed alongside an iPhone, sim cards, wooden handled knife, small hooked knife, rambo knife and meat cleaver, Mr Doherty added.

The court heard Baars was arrested in a nearby shop later that afternoon. He denied any knowledge of drug dealing in a police interview.

“Mr Baars is expected to argue the drugs are nothing to do with me, I was not in possession.

"It’s the prosecution’s case this flat is Peter Baars’ flat and the bedroom is his bedroom,” the prosecutor continued.

Baars, represented by James Burke, denies two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and possession of a disguised firearm.

Booth pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs before trial, jurors heard.

Baars, of Sotherten, Willesborough, Ashford, is yet to argue his case.

The trial continues.

UPDATE: Baars was taken ill during the trial and the jury was discharged. He will now stand trial in the new year.

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