Two men who supplied drugs in London and Kent have been jailed for over 14 years
Both men appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court for sentencing today, Monday, 3 June, after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, namely cocaine, on Friday, 8 February:
– Daniel Sulman, 35 of Ferndale Road, Gravesend, Kent, was sentenced to eight years and six months’ imprisonment.
– Alex May, 31 of Sandpiper Close, Greenhithe, Kent, was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment.
A third man, Sean King, 33 of Amphora Court, Longfield, Kent, did not appear at court today and will be sentenced for his part in due course. He previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs on 8 February.
The court heard how, between June and November 2018, the three men were involved in drug distribution, operating in London and Kent.
The Met’s Organised Crime Command carried out an investigation into the men spanning several months, and subsequently seized a total of 6kg of cocaine with a street value of approximately £480,000 and cash amounting to £347,728.
In June 2018, officers began surveillance on the three men.
On 14 November, King was seen supplying a package to a male in Farnborough, Hampshire.
Surveillance then showed King and Sulman meeting later that day in Bexley. Following this meeting, King travelled to Libzan Street, Greenwich, where he was stopped and searched by police.
A search was conducted of King’s vehicle, and a hidden compartment was found containing 4kg of cocaine, with a street value of approximately £320,000. He was arrested and later charged on 16 November.
A week later, on 22 November, surveillance identified May carrying two large bags into an address on Heathlee Road, Bexley.
Sulman attended the address shortly after and was also carrying a rucksack.
Officers entered the address, and a search ensued.
The bag which Sulman had carried into the property was found in an office next to a money counting machine, and contained £9,490.
Another hidden compartment was found in the master bedroom, which contained the bag which May had taken into the address. It contained £79,188.70 and €301,400.
May’s vehicle was also searched and another hidden compartment – identical to the one found in King’s vehicle – was located, containing €45,190.
May’s home address was then searched, where a bowl of high purity cocaine and £1,320 were recovered.
Sulman’s home address was also searched, and €2,345 was recovered.
Both men were arrested and later charged on 23 November.
Acting Detective Inspector Johnny Baker, of the Met’s Organised Crime Command, said: “Drug-related crime has a hugely negative impact on local communities, and we are absolutely committed to identifying those involved and bringing them to justice.
“A huge amount of drugs and cash were recovered during this investigation, and I’d like to thank the team for working tirelessly to secure the convictions of these three men.”
Drug dealing is inextricably linked with a high proportion of the violence we have seen on our streets. We will deal robustly with those who seek to peddle drugs, exploit young people and target the most vulnerable within our communities for the sole purpose of financial gain.
We want to hear from anyone who may have information about people who are involved in organised drug crime and maybe exploiting young people, putting them into dangerous and vulnerable situations. This information could save lives in the future. Please get in touch.
If you have any information which could help an investigation, please call police on 101. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org. They do not ask your name or trace your call.