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Erith drug dealer ran across dual carriageway after police caught him hiding cocaine inside sweets tub

PUBLISHED: 11:42 28 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:47 28 March 2017

Cyril Jack

Cyril Jack

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Cyril Jack, 30, has been jailed for 30 months

A drug dealer who tried to run across a dual carriageway after getting caught hiding cocaine inside a tub of sweets has been sentenced to 30 months imprisonment.

Cyril Jack, 30 and of Raleigh Close in Erith, was arrested in February after officers stopped a vehicle he was travelling in near the Wainscott by-pass.

He pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to supply and a further three driving offences; taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, driving while disqualified and using a vehicle without third party insurance.

The court heard on March 22, that at 11.30am on February 8 Jack was stopped by officers on patrol while driving a Mercedes Vito.

The stop was made after officers received intelligence the vehicle may be involved in supplying drugs.

Jack initially tried to run across the dual carriageway to avoid being arrested but was detained before he was able to do so.

A search of his vehicle then found the tub of sweets where seven zip bags containing cocaine were uncovered.

Upon arrival at Medway police station the offender was searched and 81 grams of Class A drugs were found in his underwear.

Officers also found that the vehicle Jack was travelling in had been hired since December 2016 however he was not mentioned on the rental agreement.

This particular investigation was conducted under police’s anti-gangs initiative Operation Jupiter - a strategy designed to tackle emerging criminal gangs, whose members travel into Kent from other areas, to sell drugs.

Detective constable Stuart Clayton, the investigating officer for this case, said: “This is another positive result from Operation Jupiter which is continuing to target emerging criminal gangs.

“These gangs have members who travel into our county from other areas, such as London, to commit crime – particularly selling illegal drugs. “This is something that we take a dim view on and, as this case shows, we proactively target and bring swift justice to people who we suspect are involved in these crimes.”

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