A proactive arrest by the Tunbridge Wells Community Policing team has resulted in a prison sentence for a drug dealer.
On 26 September 2019, officers were on patrol in St John’s Road when they became suspicious of a motorist in a BMW. They stopped the vehicle and searched the driver, Alfred Qinami, finding 27 wraps of cocaine inside a cigarette packet in his jacket pocket. The officers also seized £300 and two mobile phones containing text messages arranging drug deals.
He was arrested and later charged with possessing cocaine with intent to supply. Appearing at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday 1 November, 23-year-old Qinami, of Broomhill Road, Orpington, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison.
Chief Inspector Peter Steenhuis said: ‘This drug dealer is not a local man and came to the attention of my proactive officers as he arrived in the town. I am confident the local policing team can spot the suspicious activities of cocaine dealers and arrests will be made at the earliest opportunity. This will send another firm message to those who seek to deal Class A drugs. It’s not a case of if they will be brought to justice, but when.’