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Folkestone drug dealer busted by police after being stopped for having faulty brake light

PUBLISHED: 14:43 21 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:43 21 July 2017

Lee Clark

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Lee Clark was jailed for 38 months

A Folkestone drug dealer who was caught by police due to a faulty brake light on his car, has been jailed.

On the morning of January 10, officers on patrol saw the Renault Clio as it travelled along Blackbull Road with the faulty light, which then drove through red traffic lights.

Officers signalled for the car to stop but it continued on before eventually stopping in Green Lane.

The driver – the only occupant in the car – Lee Clark, was arrested by police and checks revealed he was not insured and didn’t hold a full driving licence.

Officers recovered two small bags of cannabis from the car’s ashtray and Clark, 21, was arrested.

Further searches at Clark’s former home in Folkestone revealed 32 wraps of cocaine, 34 wraps of cannabis as well as mobile phones, weighing scales and other items associated with drug dealing.

Evidence of dealing was also found on Clark’s phone.

At Canterbury Crown Court on Tuesday, Clark, of no fixed address, admitted charges of possession with intent to supply cocaine and cannabis as well as no driving without insurance and otherwise in accordance with a licence.

He was also sentenced for a separate matter of dangerous driving and other driving offences, relating to an incident in May in which Clark was seen driving around Folkestone and when asked to stop by officers, sped away, driving the wrong way around a roundabout and causing other drivers to take evasive action.

Clark was sentenced to a total of 38 months in prison and was banned from driving for a further 38 months.

Investigating officer PC Stuart Goodban said: “It is clear Clark has very little respect for the law, from driving offences to drug dealing, but he is now unable to continue his illegal behaviour.

“Our officers will always work to disrupt the drugs supply, as dealing has a major detrimental effect on a community.”

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