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Cocaine found in Gravesend sofa leads to arrest of Anas Bendarouch from Croydon

By Sam Lennon

Crack cocaine hidden in a sofa led to a drug dealer being jailed.

Police found the Class A drug at the home of Anas Bendarouch while they were arresting him over an unrelated affray in Gravesend.

Bendarouch, 23, of Limes Road in Croydon, pleaded not guilty to possessing crack cocaine with intent to supply but was convicted following a trial at Woolwich Crown Court.

Caged: Anas Bendarouch. Picture: Kent Police
Caged: Anas Bendarouch. Picture: Kent Police

He was sentenced to three years and seven months yesterday.

The court heard that Kent Police attended Bendarouch’s home after he was identified as a suspect for an alleged affray in Gravesend town centre on December, 17.

He was arrested on January, 10, and a search of his home resulted in officers finding a large wrap of crack cocaine down the side of his sofa.

A set of digital scales and cling film were also located – items that are often used by people supplying illegal substances.

Around £500 in cash was additionally seized.

"His lack of remorse is highlighted by the fact he opted to deny his offending..." DC Terry Hanlon

The affray allegation was later withdrawn but Bendarouch was charged with the drug offence the morning after his arrest and has been remanded in custody since.

Detective Constable Terry Hanlon, Kent Police’s investigating officer for the case, said: "Bendarouch wrongly believed he could make money by selling crack cocaine to people suffering with substance abuse in Gravesend and he has shown no regard to his culpability since.

"His lack of remorse is highlighted by the fact he opted to deny his offending, despite the clear evidence we had gathered against him.

"The sentence imposed is entirely appropriate and sends out a clear message the drug dealing will not be tolerated in Kent."

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