Published: 11:43, 23 August 2019
| Updated: 11:56, 23 August 2019
A pair of drug dealers have been jailed after a cuckooing operation was busted by police.
Thomas Beaumont and Marvin Bulle were arrested in March after a warrant was carried out in a property in Brompton.
Officers from Medway Community Policing Team were on patrol in an unmarked car in the area when they noticed a crowd of people near Melville Court, who they suspected were waiting for a drug dealer to arrive.
They spotted a Ford Fiesta parked nearby and then saw it travelling in the area with Beaumont in the front seat.
The vehicle was brought to a stop and boxed in to prevent escape.
Beaumont, from Bexley, was arrested and information on his phone revealed how he was involved in a drug-dealing operation.
The officers then carried out a search warrant at an address in Brompton which they found was being cuckooed - where drug dealers use a vulnerable person’s home as a base to supply drugs.
Bulle, from Brockley, was found sleeping in an upstairs bedroom. Police uncovered scales covered with crack cocaine residue and £750 in cash.
Crack cocaine was also found in a tin hidden under the floorboards.
Messages on Bulle's phone showed he was in regular contact with Beaumont and showed he was also involved with the supply of class A drugs.
The pair were sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court last Friday.
They both admitted being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine.
Beaumont was sentenced to four-and-a-half years, whilst Bulle received a sentence of three years and two months.
Det Con Mark Donovan, Kent Police’s investigating officer for the case, said: "This case was brought about following excellent proactive policing which saw officers act on instinct to detain two men who had travelled to Medway for the sole purpose of supplying drugs.
"The case clearly demonstrates that we have officers regularly patrolling the Medway towns to identify drug dealing and when offending comes to light they act quickly to pursue justice.
"There is no place for drug dealing in Medway and anyone who seeks to make money through these means can expect to be targeted and prosecuted."
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