Published: 12:17, 28 December 2019
| Updated: 12:24, 28 December 2019
A drug dealer who cuckooed the home of a vulnerable person has been jailed.
Ajani Alexander-Maye took over the property in Gravesend and used it to supply crack cocaine and heroin worth around £6,000.
The 22-year-old, of Huntley Avenue, Northfleet, was caught in February when officers from the North Kent Community Safety Unit went to an address in the Milton area of Gravesend to check on a vulnerable adult.
They forced the door open and found Alexander-Maye in the kitchen.
A search of the property uncovered a large amount of heroin, crack cocaine, cannabis, cash and phones which showed evidence of dealing.
Alexander-Maye pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs at Maidstone Crown Court and was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison on Thursday, December 19.
'Cuckooing is a terrible offence where dealers prey on the most vulnerable in society in order to run drug operations'
Investigating officer, DC Mark Donovan from North Kent CID, said: "Cuckooing is a terrible offence where dealers prey on the most vulnerable in society in order to run drug operations.
"Thankfully Alexander-Maye’s despicable behaviour has now led to him being in custody and unable to harm others.
"Anyone who has concerns about an address that maybe being cuckooed or about someone who could be at risk, please contact the police."
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