A Maidstone drug dealer has been jailed after proactive officers in plain clothes arrested him with heroin and cocaine.
On 19 September 2019, two officers were on patrol in an unmarked police vehicle in Knightrider Street when they stopped a Mercedes as it drove into a car park.
The passenger, Rhys Costello, was acting suspiciously while holding two mobile phones, and was informed he was going to be searched for drugs.
As he got out of the car he pushed one of the officers and ran off along Knightrider Street. He was pursued into Lower Stone Street where he was arrested in connection with drug dealing.
When searched, Costello was found to have £40 and a small package containing a wrap of crack cocaine and a wrap of heroin.
His home address was searched and officers seized a total of £13,328 hidden in items of clothing (photograph). When checked, one of the mobile phones he was holding was found to have received calls from known drug users in the town.
Costello of Knightrider Street, Maidstone was charged with possessing crack cocaine with intent to supply and possessing heroin with intent to supply.
The 29-year-old pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court and was sentenced on Friday 25 October to three years and eight months in prison.
District Commander for Maidstone, Kent Police’s Chief Inspector Ray Quiller said: ‘Once again a drug dealer has been caught by proactive officers patrolling in plain clothes.
‘We continue to be alert for those seeking to bring misery to our town through the supply of cocaine and heroin, and will not hesitate to search those acting suspiciously.
‘Where cash is seized and suspected to be the proceeds of crime, we will of course take steps to ensure it is confiscated.’