A suspicious interaction seen by an officer on patrol in Gillingham has led to a man being jailed for more than two years for drug dealing.
Samuel Campbell was seen talking to a man in Sappers Walk on the afternoon of Friday 10 September 2021. A short time later was seen talking to two more men nearby.
During the conversation the patrolling officer believed he had witnessed a drug deal take place after seeing the men appear to exchange something between their hands.
Campbell, 21, of no fixed address was then stopped by a nearby officer where he was searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act. He was found to be in possession of three mobile phones and a quantity of cash.
He was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of drugs and taken to Medway Police Station where a further search revealed he was concealing 40 individually prepared wraps of crack cocaine and heroin.
He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin.
As part of the investigation, officers found text messages on phones seized from Campbell which alluded to drug deals.
The investigation also found that the wraps found on Campbell were estimated to have a street value of between £500 and £1,000.
He admitted the charges at Maidstone Crown Court and was jailed for two years and four months on Friday 5 November 2021. Investigating officer PC Michael Williams said: ‘Campbell’s jail term is a direct result of the intuition of the officer on patrol who believed Campbell was behaving suspiciously. ‘If Campbell had not been stopped and searched, I have no doubt he would have carried on profiteering by selling drugs to vulnerable drug users across Medway and beyond.’