Ashford drug supplier jailed after cash and cannabis discovery
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A drug supplier caught with large quantities of cannabis and around £8,000 cash at his home in Ashford has been jailed.
The property in Pound Lane was also found to contain nine mobile phones of which four were hidden inside a punchbag, and multiple weapons including an extendable baton, a machete, three smaller knives and a knuckleduster.
Officers seized the items as part of a warrant carried out under the Misuse of Drugs Act on Wednesday 9 November 2022.
Craig Wharton, 36, was not home at the time of the search and left the county after learning what had happened.
He was arrested a week later after being identified as the passenger in a car being driven into Kent via the Dartford Crossing. Officers who stopped the vehicle noticed cannabis being thrown from a window, with drugs also found inside.
Wharton later pleaded guilty to possession of a class B drug with intent to supply, and possession of criminal property.
Body-worn video footage of cannabis and cash being seized at Wharton's home.
He was sentenced to three-and-a-half years’ imprisonment at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday 6 January 2023, which included the activation of a suspended sentence received for a previous unrelated offence.
Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Dean Sycamore of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said:
‘Craig Wharton was involved in the supply of cannabis on a commercial scale and kept a wealth of incriminating evidence at his home address. ‘He should have used the opportunity to turn his life around when he previously received a suspended prison sentence, but instead he continued to offend and will now serve a period of time behind bars.’