A cocaine dealer has been jailed after he sought to avoid arrest by running from officers in Minster-on-Sea.
On 23rd June 2023, constables from Kent Police’s Proactive Targeting Team saw Andrew Saunders standing next to his moped in Haywood Avenue. On spotting the patrol, Saunders attempted to run from the scene but fell over and was arrested.
Police discovered a bag containing a solid block of cocaine on the ground next to the moped, along with two mobile phones and a further 10 bags of cocaine.
When one of the phones was checked it was found to contain text messages concerning the supply of class A drugs.
this should serve as a warning to anyone who is considering following his example
Investigators established Saunders, of Camelia Road, Minster-on-Sea, had been supplying cocaine since 5th August 2022. The seized drugs were estimated to have a street value of between £3,580 and £6,860.
Andrew Saunders was charged with being concerned in the supply of class A drugs and pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court. On Friday 3rd November, the 27-year-old was sentenced to two years and six months’ imprisonment.
Detective Sergeant Jay Robinson said ‘Saunders was undoubtedly a very busy dealer who was supplying drugs to the local users and making a considerable profit’.