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Canterbury drug dealer caught with £16,000 of heroin and crack cocaine is jailed

A drug dealer found with more than £16,000 worth of heroin and crack cocaine hidden around his home has been jailed.

Stephen Baillie was arrested after police raided his property in Tennyson Avenue, Canterbury.

Stephen Baillie. Picture: Kent Police
Stephen Baillie. Picture: Kent Police

More than 500 wraps of drugs were found hidden around the house during the search on May 11.

This included 300 wraps of heroin worth about £4,000, as well as 200 wraps of crack cocaine worth about £3,000 and a large amount of uncut drugs with a potential street value estimated at £9,000.

The drugs were hidden around a bedroom, including in a vase, and in the living room.

Baillie told officers he was holding the drugs for somebody else.

But analysis of his mobile phone revealed messages sent to a large number of contacts offering "three for £20" deals.

Drugs with a street value of about £16,000 were found at Baillie's Canterbury home. Picture: Kent Police
Drugs with a street value of about £16,000 were found at Baillie's Canterbury home. Picture: Kent Police

Baillie admitted possession of crack cocaine and heroin with intent to supply at Canterbury Crown Court on June 8.

The 29-year-old was brought back before the same court on Monday, when he was sentenced to three years and four months in prison.

Investigating officer, Det Con Gareth Foreman said: "Baillie had a large amount of drugs hidden in his home, drugs which when sold to users would have led to anti-social behaviour and criminality impacting the wider community.

"Kent Police is determined to disrupt drug dealing networks and bring dealers to justice and I hope this sentence sends out a message that prison awaits anyone who chooses to get involved."

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