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Chatham drug dealer jailed after being found with 300 wraps of cocaine in Belvedere


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A cocaine dealer will spend the next four years behind bars.

John Murrell, from Chatham, was a front seat passenger in a car that was stopped in Belvedere in November 2020 following an investigation into cross-border offending.

John Murrell, 59, of Symons Avenue, Chatham, has been jailed for nearly five years. Picture: Kent Police
John Murrell, 59, of Symons Avenue, Chatham, has been jailed for nearly five years. Picture: Kent Police

He was carrying a bag that contained 300 wraps of cocaine and a search of his house, which took place after his arrest, led to weighing scales and a knife that had traces of cocaine on it being seized.

The 59-year-old, of Symons Avenue, admitted conspiring to supply cocaine and was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court last Thursday (March 4) to four years and eight months' imprisonment.

Kent Police's investigating officer for the case, detective constable Steve Brown, said: "Murrell was involved in a well organised, and sophisticated, conspiracy to supply cocaine.

"His arrest led to the seizure of a significant amount of cocaine, which would have made its way onto the streets.

"Instead of making a profit from his offending, he is now facing a considerable amount of time in prison.

Murrell was caught with 300 wraps of cocaine
Murrell was caught with 300 wraps of cocaine

"I am pleased that he has faced justice and there will be no let-up in our efforts to target other criminals involved in supplying class A drugs.

"As this case shows, offending outside of our county’s borders will not stop us proactively targeting people involved in supplying drugs, and taking robust action.’

Three other men have been charged for their suspected roles in the conspiracy and have denied the allegations.

Andrew Court, 55, of Ruskin Road, Belvedere, Keir Ratcliffe, 33, of Nursery Road, Meopham, and Steven Rogers, 30, of Beverley Road, Bexleyheath, are due to appear for trial at Woolwich Crown Court on a date to be determined.

They have been released on bail ahead of the court date and, in addition to the conspiracy charge, are each accused of possessing a firearm and possessing ammunition for a firearm without a licence.

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