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Drug dealer caught with cocaine after being stopped in Gillingham drive-thru

A drug dealer has been jailed after being stopped by police at a drive-thru.

Lewis Nelson-Iye was found in possession of cocaine worth more than £1,100 after his car was stopped in Gillingham.

Lewis Nelson-Iye has been jailed. Photo: Kent Police
Lewis Nelson-Iye has been jailed. Photo: Kent Police

The 34-year-old was spotted travelling in the black Mercedes in the Medway Tunnel by plain-clothed officers in an unmarked vehicle on the afternoon of April 16 last year.

The car had previously been linked to drug dealing in the area and the patrol followed it before it pulled into a restaurant in Beechings Way.

The vehicle immediately went into the drive-thru and officers waited at the other end for it to come out before stopping it.

Nelson-Iye, of Avery Way, in Allhallows, was the front seat passenger in the car.

He immediately admitted being in possession of a class A drug and told officers they would find it within the car’s centre console.

Police body-cam footage of the cocaine seizure

The substance was seized and tests later confirmed it to be cocaine.

A quantity of cash was also found in Nelson-Iye’s pocket and seized, while smaller amounts of cocaine were found at his home alongside drugs paraphernalia.

There was no evidence to suggest the driver of the car was also involved in supplying the substance.

Investigating officer PC Jill Stoneham said: "This case is a testament to the knowledge our officers on the ground have on the supply of drugs in the area they serve.

"Upon noticing the vehicle, which at first glance was relatively inconspicuous, they acted quickly to safely stop it and seize a prohibited substance that would have been sold on our streets.

Cocaine was found in the central console of the car. Photo: Kent Police
Cocaine was found in the central console of the car. Photo: Kent Police

"Nelson-Iye had no option but to admit his offending and is now facing a considerable sentence.

"Everyone has a role to play in stopping drugs being sold on our streets and I would encourage anyone with concerns to report their suspicions to us via our website or by calling 101.

"If you ever suspect you see a crime in progress, dial 999."

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