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Drug dealer seen dumping ‘brick-sized’ blocks of cocaine out of van in Bexleyheath is jailed

PUBLISHED: 17:33 04 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:33 04 September 2017

Michael Butler

Michael Butler

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He was jailed on Friday, September 1

The court heard how Michael Butler, 31 of Harrow Manor Way, Abbey Wood, threw the drugs from his van as he was followed by officers.The court heard how Michael Butler, 31 of Harrow Manor Way, Abbey Wood, threw the drugs from his van as he was followed by officers.

A drug dealer who was caught throwing up to £821,000 worth of “brick-sized” cocaine packets out his van window while still on licence for a similar offence has been jailed.

Michael Butler, 31, of Harrow Manor Way in Abbey Wood threw at least packets of the Class A drug from his van as police followed him in July this year.

Officers spotted Butler driving along Alers Road in Bexleyheath on July 26, but when officers from the Met’s Organised Crime Command approached his Ford Transit, Butler drove off.

Giving chase, officers spotted Butler throwing blocks of cocaine from the window of his vehicle.

After following Butler for more than three miles, past Crayford and into Dartford, the drug dealer pulled into a dead end at West Heath Road.

Continuing his attempt to escape, Butler then fled on foot, but was chased by officers who eventually found him hiding in the undergrowth a short distance away in nearby woods.

Members of the public and investigating officers then discovered the eight packages of cocaine Butler had thrown while fleeing police.

All eight were sent off for testing, each containing 1.03kg of cocaine of 81 per cent purity.

Scotland Yard believes the packages were worth between £657,000 and £821,300.

He was charged with possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply and pleaded guilty at Woolwich Crown Court on August 25.

On Friday, September 1, Butler returned to the court, where he was sentenced to spend eight years in prison.

Det const Kelly Ebdon, from the Met’s Organised Crime Command, said: “Butler had not been out of prison long and was actually on licence for a similar offence. The sentencing reflects the level of criminality involved and should be seen as a deterrent for others.

“Butler went to great lengths to avoid capture by fleeing from officers and discarding one kilo blocks of cocaine from his vehicle. Thankfully these were later recovered by officers and members of the public who assisted police.”

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