Jailed drug dealer gave false names following Tunbridge Wells arrest
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A Tunbridge Wells drug dealer gave two false names after he was arrested in possession of cocaine.
On 10 September 2019, officers from the Tunbridge Wells Community Policing Team approached a stationary car in Cranwell Road after the driver, Memishaj Qerim, had been seen acting suspiciously and was thought to be involved in drug supply.
Following a search, the officers seized £710, a small bag of cocaine from the dashboard and a sock containing 12 wraps of cocaine that was hidden behind a loose panel on the centre console.
Qerim was arrested in connection with drug dealing and produced a driving licence in a different name. This was later shown to be a fraudulent document and he gave officers an alternative name which was also found to be false.
His phone was seized and found to have text messages relating to drug dealing.
Qerim was later charged with possession of cocaine with intent to supply and possessing a false identity document.
Appearing at Maidstone Crown Court on 21 October, the 29-year-old of Sirdar Road, Wood Green, London pleaded guilty.
He was sentenced at the same court on 28 November to three years and four months in prison. The seized cash was also forfeited.
Kent Police’s District Commander for Tunbridge Wells, Chief Inspector Peter Steenhuis said:
‘This drug dealer attempted to avoid being brought to justice by providing two false identities.
‘However, our officers were alert to his efforts and he received an additional charge as a result.
‘His prison sentence should serve as a warning to those who seek to visit our town to suppply Class A drugs.’