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Drug dealer Antonio Emmanuel jailed after being arrested in North Lane, Canterbury

By Anna MacSwan

A drug dealer has been jailed after being caught with class A drugs in a Canterbury car park.

Antonio Emmanuel, of Tooting Bec Gardens in Streatham, London, was arrested in North Lane after police found a plastic wrap of crack cocaine hidden in his sock while searching his car on May 15.

The officers, who had been acting on intelligence that the black Mercedes was being used to deal drugs, also discovered a large wrap of brown powder and a razor blade underneath Emmanuel's left leg, a fake driving licence with his picture and a list of local drug users and their phone numbers.

Antonio Emmanuel. Picture: Kent Police. (6189921)
Antonio Emmanuel. Picture: Kent Police. (6189921)

Forensic tests later identified the substances as being crack cocaine.

The 26-year-old, who was with a known drug user at the time of his arrest, pleaded guilty to possessing both heroin and cocaine with intent to supply.

He was convicted of both charges at Canterbury Crown Court on Monday, December 17, and sentenced to four years in prison.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Hisham Hijazi said: "This four-year sentence should serve as a reminder that the courts take drug dealing very seriously.

"Kent Police will continue to take proactive action to disrupt people who are involved in the supply of illegal drugs in the county.

"We urge anyone with concerns about drug supply in their communities to contact us on 101, Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or to speak to their local Police Community Support Officer."

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