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Sting nets drug dealers

Kevin Dryden
Kevin Dryden

More than a kilo of cocaine and £39,000 in cash were seized in a police sting in Dover.

Undercover officers spent more than a year infiltrating a group of dealers in Operation Glimmer, which culminated in two arrests and the drugs seized at the Ramada Hotel in April.

Seven men and a woman appeared at Canterbury Crown Court in relation to various drug-related offences and four men have been jailed for between two-and-a-half and five years. Four other people will be sentenced in September.

Robert Acheson, prosecuting, said the operation targeted the problem of supply of cocaine and crack and focused on The Old Endeavour pub run by Kevin Dryden.

On a number of occasions, officers were supplied with wraps of the class A drug for £40 up to ounces worth £1,000.

Sentenced were:-

Kevin Dryden, 50, The Old Endeavour, London Road, Dover, and father of former Dover Athletic footballer Jimmy - four years. He admitted five offences of supplying drugs, total value £900.

Stuart Nicholson, 41, of Bindon Blood Road, Whitfield - five-and-a-half years. Admitted conspiracy to supply class A, otal value of his involvement £61,150.

David Leonard, 42, Dixon Road, Dover - two-and-a-half years. Admitted two offences of supply, total value just under £3,000.

Michael Griffith, 36, Penmann Crescent, Liverpool - five years. Also admitted conspiracy with an involvement of £47,000.

Yet to be sentenced are John Hammond, his son Leigh, Paul Cannon and Kim Kendall, all from Dover.

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