BREAKING KENT MARGATE

A drug dealer found with a Taser disguised as a torch during a Kent Police warrant in Margate has been jailed

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Officers found the weapon along with a large quantity of drugs when they carried out the warrant at a flat in Athelstan Road in October 2018. Alan Stuart was arrested and later admitted possession of a disguised firearm. He was found guilty of possession of cocaine, MDMA and cannabis with intent to supply at Canterbury Crown Court on Tuesday 13 October 2020. The 38-year-old, of Queen Street, Ramsgate, was jailed for four years on the same day. Officers carried out the search warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act at the property on Monday 1 October 2018. Police recovered around six and a half grams of cocaine, 20 MDMA tablets and more than 45 grams of cannabis at the property. Cash, a dealer’s list, scales and a torch, which on examination was found to be a disguised Taser, were also seized. PC Colin Glover, Kent Police’s investigating officer, said: ‘Kent Police is determined to shut down and disrupt drug dealing networks at every possible opportunity. ‘The drugs Stuart intended to sell would have had the knock-on impact of more crime and anti-social behaviour in the community and continued misery for users and their families. ‘We are pleased to remove what could have been a dangerous weapon from circulation and the length of the sentence shows that those who deal drugs and carry weapons can expect to be dealt with seriously by the courts.’