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Heroin dealer, caught by cops as he fled through TK Maxx in Maidstone, is jailed

PUBLISHED: 10:58 09 October 2017

Myles Brooks

Myles Brooks

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Myles Brooks had over £8,000 of heroin and cocaine on him

A heroin dealer who tried to flee police from a department store in Maidstone has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison.

Officers patrolling the town on February 12, last year, were alerted to concerns over two men who had entered TK Maxx in St Peter’s Street and who smelled strongly of cannabis.

As they were approached by police, one of the men, Myles Brooks, attempted to run from the scene.

Brooks, 31 and formerly of Hockley in the West Midlands, was restrained on the ground and then found tightly grasping a bag underneath his body. Inside the bag were 41 wraps of drugs as well as a quantity of cannabis and £530 cash.

Forensic analysis showed the wraps contained more than nine grams of heroin and almost 30 grams of cocaine. The drugs had an estimated street value of more than £8,000.

Following his arrest Brooks was recalled to prison for breaching licence terms imposed alongside a previous drugs sentence in 2013.

Appearing before Maidstone Crown Court he pleaded guilty to possessing heroin with intent to supply and to possessing cocaine with intent to supply.

No further action was taken against the other person arrested.

PC Celia King said: “Brooks is a repeat offender, who has clearly been undeterred by previous punishments. The suffering and devastation dealers like him cause to individuals, their families and to local communities is often far reaching. Thankfully, the courts have passed a significant sentence, which reflects the seriousness and impact of this crime.”

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