Chatham drug dealer jailed

A Chatham man has been jailed for possessing and supplying Class A drugs. 

22 year old Jay Christie from Chatham has been sentenced to two years and 10 months in jail after pleading guilty to two counts of possessing crack cocaine and heroin with intent to supply.

Maidstone Crown Court heard on May 4 how in December 2017 officers stopped Christie in a vehicle on Canterbury Street, Gillingham and was arrested for obstruction after refusing to open the car doors.

The dealer who claimed to have ‘banging deals’ was searched and a mobile phone was found which contained messages alluding to drug dealing.

He was further arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs, following further enquiries his phone was downloaded and it contained bulk text messages which read ‘YaYa back with the best local deliveries best of both!…banging deals!’

When officers were on patrol in Goudhurst Road, Gillingham on February 20 they attempted to stop Christie in a vehicle and was seen trying to discard a mobile phone.

Officers arrested him and after a custody search it was found he had 17 wraps of cocaine and 60 wraps of heroin with a street value of more than £2,300 on him.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Terry Hanlon said: ‘Christie was targeting vulnerable people in order to make money and I’m pleased we’ve been able to give him the best deal so far which is some time behind bars.

‘If people suspect others of drug dealing or believes they are committing any criminal offences then I would encourage them to get in touch with us so we can ensure they are investigated.’