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Drug dealer jailed after cuckooing Chatham home

drug dealer jailed after cuckooing chatham home

Two drug dealers who cuckooed a home in Chatham have been imprisoned for a combined total of over five and a half years.
Dogan Mustafa and Sean Crossin were arrested after officers from Kent Police’s Operation Raptor team received information they were supplying drugs in the area in August 2018.
Both pleaded guilty to their roles and were sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Tuesday 5 March 2019.
The court heard that on the morning on 29 August 2018 Kent Police officers carried out a drugs warrant at an address in Chatham Grove.
The officers were working as part of Operation Raptor, an ongoing force-wide initiative that disrupts criminals linked to county lines, drugs and the exploitation of vulnerable people.
Crossin was found inside the property, despite having no ties to the Medway towns.
Three packages, suspected to contain class A drugs, were seized and forensic analysis later confirmed the packages contained 24 wraps of heroin.
A mobile phone was also seized and data from the device revealed Crossin and Mustafa had been in communication with each other about supplying drugs – with Mustafa acting as a senior partner co-ordinating the supply.
In one text Crossin also told a friend, who had asked where he was, he was cuckooing the address.
Mustafa, 21 and of London Road in Swanley, was sentenced to four and a half years for conspiring to supply heroin, possessing heroin with intent to supply and acquiring criminal property.
Crossin, 23 and of Abercorn Way in Southwark, was sentenced to 40 months for conspiring to supply heroin.
Detective Constable Robin Hemsley, from Kent Police’s Operation Raptor team, said: ‘These offenders had no ties to the Medway towns but were determined to make as much money as possible from people suffering from substance abuse.
‘The irrefutable evidence we were able to seize left them with no choice but to plead guilty and I welcome the sentences that have been imposed.
‘There is no place for drug dealing in Medway and we will continue to act on information we receive to proactively target suspected drug dealers.’
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