Drug dealer jailed after stop and search in Dartford

A drug dealer found in possession of heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis has been jailed after his car was stopped by Kent Police.

Shakil Choudhury, of Goddards Way, Ilford, has been sentenced to two years and four months in prison after his car was stopped in Dartford.

Before having his vehicle stopped by Kent Police in the town centre, Choudhury had been seen supplying a class A substance to a drug user in a car park.

The 23-year-old admitted to possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply and a further count of possessing cannabis.

He was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on July 14.

Suspicions were first drawn to Choudhury after an officer on foot patrol saw a known drug user speaking with the driver of a white Audi, which was parked in Overy Street, on January 7, 2019.

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As the officer walked towards the Audi it drove away, however, they were able to take a note of its details.

They also stopped the drug user and found them in possession of four wraps of crack cocaine, which they admitted had just been bought from the person inside the car.

The next day officers on patrol in Princes Road spotted the same vehicle and stopped it for a search under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Inside they found a small amount of cannabis and advised Choudhury, who was the sole occupant, that he was required to attend North Kent Police Station for a further search.

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As Choudhury was being searched, two packages of heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis fell to the floor.

Police Constable Rebecca Kemp, Kent Police’s investigating officer for the case, said: “Choudhury made a conscious decision to supply class A substances, knowing full well that he was exploiting people with drug abuse issues as a means to make money.

“We take zero tolerance to people who visit our towns to supply such substances.

“As this case shows, our officers on the ground are actively looking for signs of drug dealing and proactively targeting offenders to ensure they face justice.”

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