Heroin and crack cocaine found by a police dog in the air vents of a car in Dover has led to a drug dealer being jailed for seven years and ten months.
Sixty wraps of the class A substances were found in the vehicle, which was being driven by Jaisha Williams when it was stopped by a Kent Police patrol in September 2019.
The 23-year-old, of Marden Crescent, Croydon, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine, possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply, and possessing criminal property.
He was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Wednesday 20 November.
The court heard that officers from Kent Police’s Operation Raptor Team, a specialist unit which targets organised criminals linked to drug dealing, stopped a Vauxhall Insignia being driven by Williams in Connaught Road on 19 September.
The officers suspected the vehicle was being used to transport class A drugs and Police Dog Charlie, a 16 month old Cocker Spaniel, confirmed their suspicions after he uncovered heroin and crack cocaine in an air vent.
Following further analysis, officers found the items to had a street value of up to £1,200.
In addition to the drugs, £800 in cash from was seized from William’s pocket, which he claimed was for purchasing a van.
His mobile phone was also seized and an analysis of its messages confirmed he was working for a county line supplying drugs in Dover.
Police Constable Jake Griffiths, Kent Police’s investigating officer for the case, said: ‘Despite being fully aware of the devastating impact drug abuse can have on individuals, their family and the wider community, Williams chose to make money out of people struggling with drug problems.
‘We have no tolerance for such activity in Kent and anyone who travels to our county with the intention of supplying class A drugs should be aware that we have resources across the county who specialise in bringing them to justice.’