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County lines drug dealer jailed for six years after being caught in Gravesend

A drug dealer has been jailed for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine in Gravesend.

Cecil Mufarinya - who organised county lines drug dealing - was stopped by a proactive Kent Police patrol in April and found in possession of crack cocaine and heroin.

A mobile phone seized from him also contained multiple messages which showed he was involved in arranging the supply of drugs across the town.

Cecil Mufarinya has been jailed (11065595)
Cecil Mufarinya has been jailed (11065595)

The 26-year-old, of Kingsman Street, Woolwich, pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply heroin and crack cocaine and was sentenced to six years in prison at Woolwich Crown Court on Thursday May 23.

The court heard that on April 16 Kent Police officers on a proactive patrol in Shrubbery Road stopped a blue Mercedes A Class which they suspected was being used to transport class A drugs.

Inside they found Mufarinya, who refused to open the door when he was requested to do so.

Officers could see through the window that he was attempting to remove a battery from a burner phone and forced entry to arrest him.

The phone was seized and found to contain numerous messages relating to the supply of crack cocaine and heroin.

After being taken into custody, he was also found in possession of a cling film package containing the drugs.

He was subsequently charged with conspiring to supply class A drugs and has been remanded in custody since.

Detective Constable Terry Hanlon, Kent Police's investigating officer for the case, said: "Mufarinya was committed to making money out of the illegal supply of drugs and was detained during one of numerous proactive policing patrols that take place across our town centres.

"This case is one of several strong county line drug dealing sentences recently imposed by the courts and sends out a very clear message that such activity will not be tolerated in Kent."

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