Published: 13:51, 13 August 2019
| Updated: 13:57, 13 August 2019
Heroin and crack cocaine dealers caught with more than 200 wraps after leading police on a car chase have been jailed for 11 years.
Cousins Vanance Biabi, 26, and Cheick Sy-Savane, 24, sped off when officers tried stopping their black BMW in Dover Road, Walmer, on the afternoon of June 19.
A stinger brought the chase to end, however, the chancers fled.
Sy Savane got out of the car and started running. Officers chased and arrested him at 2.25pm after he tried to jump over a bush and climb a fence before falling to the ground.
Biabi jumped over a wall into the Clifford Park Caravans site, pursued by two officers on foot. Onlookers told officers in which direction Biabi had run off.
A police dog later found him at 3.02pm at the junction of Station Road and John Tapping Close covered in mud and not wearing any shoes.
Officers had uncovered around 200 wraps of cocaine and heroin inside the car, worth almost £4,000, while a package containing 29 wraps was discovered nearby.
The duo pleaded guilty to possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply at a previous court hearing.
Tom Dunn, prosecuting, said Sy-Savane stopped when a patrol car activated its blue lights.
When officers approached the vehicle the black BMW then took off.
Quick-witted cops had already planted a stinger device that punctured the car’s tyres bringing an end to the chase.
Mr Dunn explained officers noticed a parcel fly out the BMW’s window mid-pursuit.
A search of the area revealed the package contained 11 wraps of crack cocaine and 18 of heroin.
Canterbury Crown Court heard how 200 wraps were unearthed inside the car, alongside two mobile phones and a small amount of cannabis.
"Drugs cause immeasurable harm to communities and it is important that those responsible are brought to justice" - DC Beth Gumley
Their “poor judgment” to sell the contraband was fuelled by grief, triggered by the murder of Cheick’s brother, Mohammed Sy-Savane, in 2017,a judge was told.
Helena Duange, for Sy-Savane, said he is remorseful, soon to become a father and his ill-judged behaviour coincided with the anniversary of the death of his murdered brother.
Simon Taylor, for Biabi, explained his client was also affected by the tragedy and began drug dealing at a relatively young age.
It came after the closure of his gang stricken Camberwell school and a breakdown within his family, according to the barrister.
Judge Simon James sentenced Sy-Savane, of no fixed abode, who has two previous drug dealing convictions, to five years and four months.
He jailed Biabi, from Forest Hill, southeast London, who has three previous drug dealing convictions, to six years.
DC Beth Gumley said: "Drugs cause immeasurable harm to communities and it is important that those responsible are brought to justice."
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