A dealer who operated a county lines drug network in Gravesend has been sentenced to four years’ imprisonment. Nahom Gebeermskel, formerly of Milton Road, Gravesend was stopped by officers as he got off a train from London. As he tried to flee, a large package of containing class A drugs fell from his waistband.
The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to drugs charges was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on Monday 11 November 2019.
On Monday 5 August 2019 officers investigating a county lines drug network thought to be operating in the Gravesend area were positioned at the at Gravesend railway station. They spotted Gebeermskel, a suspected drug dealer, getting off a train from London. As officers approached him, he attempted to run off and a violent struggle resulted in one officer being assaulted. A package containing crack cocaine and heroin with a street value of up to £16,800 fell out of Gebeermskel’s clothing. He was arrested and charged with possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin on 6 August.
Detective Sergeant Andrew Leventis, of North Kent CID said: ‘Criminals believe they can freely operate in some areas but we have our eyes and ears everywhere. Our use of both uniformed and plain clothes officers is making it increasingly difficult for criminals to sell drugs in this county and there will be no let-up in our determination to keep these people off our streets – as Gebeermskel discovered.’