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Cage fighting coke dealers sent down

PUBLISHED: 09:53 25 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:44 25 August 2010

A GANG of cage fighting cocaine dealers have been jailed for up to nine years after police received a tip off. Among them were trainee cage-fighter Stacey Atkins, 32, of Dale End, Crayford, his brother Thomas Atkins, 26, of the same address and trainer P

A GANG of cage fighting cocaine dealers have been jailed for up to nine years after police received a tip off.

Among them were trainee cage-fighter Stacey Atkins, 32, of Dale End, Crayford, his brother Thomas Atkins, 26, of the same address and trainer Paul Stockton, 44, of Westwell Close, Orpington.

They, along with three others were jailed at Kingston Crown Court last Wednesday after admitting conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Stacey Atkins, who was jailed for nine years and Stockton, who was failed for eight-and-a-half-years, were arrested on the M25 after ramming a toll booth on the QE2 Bridge while being chased by police in March 2008.

A search of their BMW car revealed a carrier bag containing £32,000 hidden in the boot and a wrap of high-purity cocaine in Atkins' pocket. A digital safe containing more money and a hydroponics system for growing cannabis were found at his home in Crayford. Months later, police raided the gang's cocaine cutting factory at a house in Beverley Avenue, Sidcup. Inside they found Thomas Atkins, who was jailed for eight years, Sean Kelly, 23, of no fixed abode, who was jailed for five years, and David Tyler, 36, of Southend Close, Eltham, who was jailed for seven years, sitting beside 240 wraps of cocaine, two sets of scales and a sum of cash.

The property was owned by Anthony Neal, 40, an unemployed lift engineer, who lived at the address and who was jailed for eight years.

More cash was found at other linked properties.

In total, police seized drugs with an estimated street value of £60,000 and £40,000 in cash.

A digital safe holding a further 26 one-ounce bags of cocaine and cash was found hidden under floorboards upstairs.

Detective Inspector Steve Alexander said: "This was an organised criminal network based within the cage fighting fraternity.

"Members of the organisation believed they could prepare and distribute cocaine with impunity, but they were proved wrong.

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