A drug dealer has been jailed after officers found more than £50,000 hidden inside a chimney.
Samuel Overy, 19, from Chatham, was jailed for four years and four months at Maidstone Crown Court on 27 July 2020.
Overy had pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine, possession with intent to supply cannabis and acquiring criminal property.
He was arrested on 12 March 2020 following a search warrant at a house in Solomon Road, Gillingham, where a safe was found containing cocaine and cannabis. A mobile phone was also found which contained messages related to the selling of drugs.
Overy was at the address during the search and admitted the drugs and phone belonged to him. A further search warrant was carried out at his home address in Magpie Hall Road.
During the search officers found a black bag hidden inside a chimney and inside the bag police found £54,650 which Overy admitted was the cash he had made from selling drugs.
He was arrested and subsequently charged with the offences.
As well as being sentenced the judge also issued a forfeiture and destruction notice for all drugs, cash and paraphernalia.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Terry Hanlon said: ‘Overy went to great lengths to hide the cash made from the sale of these drugs but sadly for him the cash wasn’t hidden well enough and was found by officers.
‘We work hard to identify drug networks and individuals who are supplying drugs in Medway and work to remove them from the streets and I’m pleased Overy has been jailed accordingly.’