Published: 16:34, 28 July 2020
| Updated: 16:36, 28 July 2020
A crack cocaine and heroin dealer from London, who sold drugs in Sevenoaks by using rental cars and sending almost daily 'marketing' texts to users, has been jailed.
Ade Akande, 28, was sentenced to two years and 10 months in prison after he was caught driving fast through Edenbridge and chased by police, who already knew about his illegal activity.
Between September and December, Kent Police investigators identified a phone was being used to send bulk marketing texts to drugs users in the Sevenoaks area.
The texts were sent almost daily and offered crack cocaine and heroin for sale by a criminal network known as the ‘DRE line.’
Detectives learnt that Ade Akande controlled the mobile phone and regularly travelled into Kent in rental cars to supply the drugs.
Akande’s partner, Taylor Harris, assisted in the criminal activity.
Investigators identified that Akande had hired a VW Golf, and on 14 December, officers saw him driving the car at speed through Edenbridge.
Following a pursuit, he was arrested. The officers also seized three mobile phones and £500 in cash.
Investigators proved that one of the seized phones was the one that had been used to send the marketing texts to drug users.
Harris and Akande's address, at Bromley Grove, Bromley, Greater London, was searched and more than £1,000 in cash was seized along with 48.96 grams of heroin and 95.47 grams of crack cocaine, which had an estimated street value of up to £17,335.
Harris was arrested at the premises and both were charged with being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin between 12 September and 14 December.
Both pleaded guilty and at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday.
'Travel to Kent to supply drugs and you will swiftly be brought to justice'
Harris, 24, received a prison sentence of one year and nine months that was suspended for two years. She ia required to complete 100 hours of unpaid work.
Kent Police’s district commander for Sevenoaks, Ch Insp Jon Kirby said: "These county line drug dealers believe they can avoid arrest by remaining anonymous while supplying Class A drugs through a dedicated phone line.
"Their confidence is misguided and investigators from our county line and gangs team will track down their identity and secure evidence to put them before the courts.
"My message is clear, travel to Kent to supply drugs and you will swiftly be brought to justice."
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