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Drug dealer jailed after baton, knife, cocaine, cash and fake ID seized in Tunbridge Wells

A drug dealer found with cocaine, cash, fake ID and a baton in the back of his car has been jailed.

Sadri Gega was approached by police while at the wheel of a Kia Rio in London Road, Tunbridge Wells in January, after acting suspiciously.

Gega's fake ID. Picture: Kent Police
Gega's fake ID. Picture: Kent Police

Gega presented officers with a driving licence and an Italian identification document bearing a false name.

Police then noticed an extendable baton in a pocket behind a passenger seat and the car was searched.

This led to the discovery of 26 deal bags containing cocaine.

A nearby address linked to Gega was later searched where a suitcase was found containing a further 30 bags of cocaine, as well as almost £2,000 in cash and a lock knife with a blade of almost four inches.

Gega’s true identity was revealed when an Albanian residency card and passport were also recovered.

The drugs seized from Gega. Picture: Kent Police
The drugs seized from Gega. Picture: Kent Police

Aged 54, of no fixed address, Gega appeared before Maidstone Crown Court charged with possessing cocaine with intent to supply, possessing an offensive weapon in a public place and possessing criminal property (namely the cash seized).

He was further charged with possessing a false identity document and with possessing an identity document with improper intention.

Pleading guilty, Gega was sentenced to four year's imprisonment on Monday.

PC Chris Clancy, of the Tunbridge Wells community policing team, said: "The sentencing of Gega is the latest example of just how effective our officers continue to be in identifying and tackling those who try to sell drugs within our communities.

"There remains a lot of hard work to do, but we are absolutely determined to detect and dismantle the organised criminal gangs whose actions can really devastate people’s lives.

Sadri Gega has been jailed for four years. Picture: Kent Police
Sadri Gega has been jailed for four years. Picture: Kent Police

"Support from the public also remains invaluable in helping us detect and also deter criminals from operating in your local areas.

"If you see anything suspicious please don’t hesitate to contact police by calling 101, or 999 if a crime is in progress."

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