Erith dealer jailed for four years for part in £3million drug ring
PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 November 2013 | UPDATED: 14:22 03 December 2013
An Erith man has been jailed for four years after confessing to being a key player in a multi-million pound drug supply ring.
Scott Baker, 24, of Betsham Road, was sentenced yesterday at Maidstone Crown Court after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cannabis and amphetamine at a hearing last month.
A further three men were also jailed, taking the total sentence up to 17 years.
Police swooped on Baker and Graham Roberts, 51, of Crown Quay Lane, Sittingbourne, after an intelligence-led operation. Roberts was jailed for three years for his part.
The pair were arrested at a garage just off Bayly Road, in Dartford, in November last year.
A search of their vehicles and surrounding area uncovered a holdall containing a large bag of herbal cannabis. Officers then seized a mobile phone and £250 from Roberts, and £210 in cash plus two mobile phones from Baker.
An extensive search of the garage area found bags of white powder - later confirmed as amphetamine suplphate- and more cannabis.
The total street value of the drugs discovered was estimated to be between £3million and £4million.
Roberts was jailed for three years for his part in the ring.
Further investigations and phone records linked William Mill, 33, of Oakdene Avenue, Chislehurst, to the pair, as well as Daniel Erwin, 34, of an unknown address.
Det Sgt Andy Nicoll said: “This was a significant drugs supply operation dealing in vast quantities of illegal substances and money.
“This was a significant find and undoubtedly had a disruptive impact on the drugs supply network in the area and we have been successful in taking a large amount of illegal drugs off the street.
“The evidence gathered by officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate was overwhelming – these four men had no choice but to admit their guilt and I’m pleased with today’s sentencing.”