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Heroin and crack dealer Iqbal Khan from Gravesend jailed for six years after Christmas Eve arrest

By Lydia Chantler-Hicks

A heroin and crack cocaine dealer has been jailed for six years after he was arrested on Christmas Eve.

Iqbal Khan, 36, was detained after police officers found a number of wraps of heroin and crack cocaine inside a vehicle parked in Gravesend town centre.

A month later Khan, of Norfolk Close in Gravesend, was once again found in possession of the class A substances after being arrested for an unrelated offence.

Iqbal Khan, of Norfolk Close, Gravesend. Picture: Kent Police
Iqbal Khan, of Norfolk Close, Gravesend. Picture: Kent Police

He admitted two counts of possessing heroin with intent to supply, one count of possessing cocaine with intent to supply and one count of possessing crack cocaine with intent to supply - and has been remanded in custody since.

At Woolwich Crown Court yesterday, it was heard that at around midday on Christmas Eve, officers from the Gravesend Community Policing Team became suspicious of a Ford Fiesta parked in Peacock Street.

The car matched intelligence reports which suggested it was being used to deal drugs and Khan - the sole occupant - was sat in the driver’s seat.

Heroin and crack cocaine was seized from the vehicle, along with a quantity of cash and two mobile phones.

Following his arrest, Khan was released to allow further investigation work to take place. But he was detained again on January 21 for an unrelated affray.

No charges were made in connection with the affray but, following his second arrest, police searched his home where they uncovered numerous wraps of heroin and cocaine in the basement.

Wraps of drugs seized by police. Pic: Kent Police (10834717)
Wraps of drugs seized by police. Pic: Kent Police (10834717)

The combined value of all the drugs seized had a possible street value in excess of £3,000.

He was sentenced to six years in prison, at Woolwich Crown Court yesterday.

Detective Constable Terry Hanlon, Kent Police’s investigating officer for the case, said: "Khan has proven that he is committed to making money out of people living with substance abuse and the length of his prison sentence sends out a strong message that such activity will not be tolerated in our county."

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