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Published: 16:59, 11 February 2020
| Updated: 16:59, 11 February 2020
A county lines drug dealer who sold heroin and crack cocaine has been jailed for more than five years.
John Isichei, of Rotherhithe New Road, south-east London, was caught by Kent Police investigating texts sent to drug users in Dover.
The 21-year-old admitted supplying class A drugs and was sentenced to five years and ten months at Canterbury Crown Court yesterday.
He was given a 54-month sentence for drug offences and a further 16 months for breaching a suspended sentence he was serving at the time.
The Londoner sent text messages to drug users in Dover between October and November last year, offering them the illegal substances from a county drugs line.
Officers managed to track him down when he was caught on CCTV at Asda in Canterbury adding credit to one of the phones he used.
Kent Police worked with the Metropolitan Police to carry out a warrant on Isichei's home, where he fled but was later arrested.
They found two phones in his possession which contained messages about drug dealing.
Detective constable Jake Griffiths, Kent Police's investigating officer, said: "This sentence sends out the message that tough punishments await those who prey on the vulnerable in Kent.
"We will continue to clamp down on the county lines groups who sow misery in our communities by arresting anyone we suspect of involvement and seeking their prosecution."
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