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Sittingbourne dealer who tried to push past officer waiting outside his home jailed for over three years

PUBLISHED: 16:09 02 June 2016 | UPDATED: 16:09 02 June 2016

Richard Dawkins

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Richard Dawkins, 25, dropped tubs of cannabis and cocaine as he tried to flee his property

A Sittingbourne drug dealer who dropped cannabis and cocaine as he tried to push past an officer who was waiting outside the back door of his home has been jailed for more than three years.

The drugs and cutting agents were seized by police following a search of the Burnham Close home of Richard Dawkins, 25, who was clutching drug-filled containers when he was stopped trying to flee his property last year.

A search warrant was executed at the address on January 9, 2015 by officers connected to Kent Police’s Operation Jupiter team.

As the front door was being forced, Dawkins attempted to push past an officer waiting outside a back entrance.

He dropped two tubs he was carrying as he was being arrested, which were found to contain cannabis and a cricket sized ball of white powder.

A further search of the property revealed deal bags, scales and what appeared to be a drugs cutting tool.

In total, more than 80 grams of cannabis was seized, along with 10 grams of cocaine.

Large quantities of other substances including benzocaine and creatine were also recovered, along with cash in excess of £1000. Text messages on Dawkins’ mobile phone provided further evidence of his drug dealing.

Appearing at Maidstone Crown Court Dawkins pleaded guilty to counts of possessing cannabis and cocaine with intent to supply and on May 23, he was sentenced to three years and seven months in jail.

Jessica Luckhurst, 26, also of Burnham Close, was convicted of being concerned in the supply of cannabis and cocaine and was given a suspended prison sentence of 12 months.

Investigating officer detective constable Iain Joyce said: “Dawkins was caught red handed carrying drugs and almost 200 grams of benzocaine and creatine, substances he clearly intended to use as cutting agents for Class A drugs.

“It was clear that Dawkins was set up to supply significant quantities of cocaine, which would have ended up on the streets of Sittingbourne and beyond.

“This is another success for our Operation Jupiter team, but once again I would remind residents that their role in helping us keep communities safe remains vital, so please continue to report any suspicious behaviour.”

Operation Jupiter is part of local strategy designed to tackle emerging criminal gangs, whose members often travel into the county from other areas.

The strategy includes taking robust action to deter criminals in areas including Medway, Swale, Gravesham and Dartford, often in connection with the sale and distribution of drugs.

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