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Thanet cocaine dealer James O'Brien jailed for five years after drug raids in Margate and Broadstairs

A man who peddled cocaine in Kent has been sent to prison for five years following two drug raids.

Police first executed a warrant at James O'Brien's home in Margate High Street on February 22, after suspicions he was dealing drugs from the property.

James O'Brien. Picture: Kent Police
James O'Brien. Picture: Kent Police

He was not at home, but officers found a large amount of cocaine, scales and about £6,000 in cash.

Police then carried out a warrant at a property in Hereson Road, Broadstairs, on July 21.

O'Brien, 36, and another man ran from the back door of the house as officers entered, and were detained by a special constable before being arrested.

Police searched the property and seized cash, mobile phones, and white powder which was later confirmed to be cocaine.

O'Brien's phone contained messages which showed he had been drug dealing, including a message from a drug user who was unhappy with the quality of what they had been sold.

'I am pleased this case has seen him taken off the streets of Thanet...'

At Canterbury Crown Court on Monday, O'Brien admitted possession of cocaine with intent to supply and being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

He was jailed the same day.

Det Insp Nigel Douglas, of East Kent Criminal Investigation Department, said: "Kent Police is determined to shut down drug dealing networks and bring those who profit from the misery of others before the courts.

"O'Brien was committed to selling drugs which would have inevitably led to further crime and anti-social behaviour for the community and I am pleased this case has seen him taken off the streets of Thanet."

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