On 27 April, officers in an unmarked police car spotted a man driving a Ford Focus who was acting suspiciously. They approached the vehicle on foot when it stopped near to West Park Road. When they asked the driver to wind down his window, he sped from the scene colliding with one of the officers’ arms as he passed.
Patrols then saw the vehicle driving dangerously in the Headcorn and Harrietsham areas before losing sight of it. Later the same day, investigators located the Focus parked unattended in Rye, East Sussex, where it was recovered.
Following enquiries, it was discovered Hemley had hired the vehicle in London and, whilst he subsequently reported on 28 April that it had been stolen, they were later able to prove he had been the driver the previous day.
On 30 June, officers attended an address in Bermondsey, Greater London. As they approached, Hemley attempted to run from the premises, throwing a package over a wall. He was detained and when the package was examined it was found to contain 82 wraps of heroin and 161 deals of crack cocaine. The officers also seized £180 from a bag he was carrying and a mobile phone that was later proven to be the AJ line.
When the house he had just left was searched, a further 42 wraps of crack cocaine and heroin were seized along with a single piece of crack cocaine weighing 11.5 grams and a kilogram of cutting agent.
The 28-year-old pleaded guilty at Woolwich Crown Court and on Friday 25 June 2021, was sentenced to five years and ten months’ imprisonment. He was also disqualified from driving for a total of five years.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Andy Julier, said: ‘There is no doubt that Hemley played a significant role in a county line drug supply network over a three month period. Despite his efforts to remain anonymous and avoid arrest, we tracked him down to an address in London and he is now starting a prison sentence.