Detectives and proactive patrols have tracked down a Gravesend county line dealer in south London.
In April 2023, investigators learned a specific phone number was being used to supply crack cocaine and heroin in the town.
The ‘Jeff Line’ had been sending bulk texts offering class A drugs for sale since the start of the year. An investigation by Kent Police’s County Lines and Gangs Team identified the person responsible for the phone was based in south London.
The force’s Proactive Targeting Team was deployed to Erith with instructions to locate the person running the ‘Jeff Line’. Their enquiries in the Greater London borough led them to stop a Peugeot 206 in Corinthian Road on 11 October.
Dean Beason was driving the vehicle and officers located the phone that had been used to send the bulk texts. They also seized two further phones, a wrap of crack cocaine plus £80 in cash.
Beason was arrested and a search of an address he had left prior to being stopped was completed. This led the constables to recover 20 deals of crack cocaine, eight wraps of heroin, electronic scales, £450 in cash and a booklet with details of drug deals.
Beason, of Lincombe Road, Bromley was later charged with two counts of being concerned in the supply of drugs, namely crack cocaine and heroin, between 1 April and 12 October 2023, and two counts of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply. He was also charged with possessing criminal property (namely the seized cash).
He pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court and on Thursday 18 January 2024, the 41-year-old was sentenced to four years' imprisonment.
Detective Constable Michael Nolan said:
‘Our investigators will go to great lengths to stop these dealers travelling into Kent with class A drugs. In this case, we worked out who held the phone and where they were likely to be found. ‘Our proactive officers were then sent into south London at which point it was only a matter of time before their target was tracked down and arrested. Subsequent enquiries led the constables to recover sufficient evidence to help us send the man to jail. Any others seeking to emulate this criminal can expect to receive similar attention from our dedicated enforcement teams.’