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Drug dealer from Tunbridge Wells jailed after being caught with cannabis haul in car

A "drug dealers kit" was found inside the car of an organic roast potato company boss when he was stopped by police.

Convicted dealer Richard Hampson, from Tunbridge Wells, was caught with 74.5g of cannabis, mobile phones, and £1,000 in cash.

Richard Hampson has been jailed
Richard Hampson has been jailed

The 38-year-old had been jailed for six years in 2012 for dealing in cocaine and was released in 2015.

Maidstone Crown Court heard Hampson then set up a clothing business in Tunbridge Wells and moved into a flat above the premises.

Judge Philip Statman said when the business later collapsed he had to leave his home and began living out of his car for six weeks prior to his arrest in May last year.

He had also set up an organic roast potato company.

Prosecutor Bridget Todd said officers had stopped Hampson's car for a motoring offence and discovered drugs, cash, and mobile phones described by a judge as "a dealer's kit".

The cannabis addict, of Stanley Road, Tunbridge Wells, then returned to dealing - and has admitted one charge of possessing the Class B drug with intent.

He was jailed for a year, fined £250 and given six penalty points for a motoring offence, which he also admitted.

In 2012, when Hampson, was living in Guildford Road, Tunbridge Wells, received a six-year sentence after Maidstone Crown Court heard the large-scale operation had featured high-purity cocaine.

Police pounced as a kilo of the drug was about to be handed over to undercover police officers for a cash payment of £53,000.

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