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Drug dealer jailed after getting stuck in traffic at Dartford Crossing
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A drug dealer who was found with close to a kilogram of cocaine after he got stuck in traffic at the Dartford Crossing has been jailed for four years and four months.
Marian Dinca was found in possession of the class A drug after he was forced to stop his vehicle near the Essex border in April 2020.
The 26-year-old, of Ambleside Drive, Leicester, admitted possessing cocaine with intent to supply, being concerned in the supply of cocaine and acquiring criminal property. He was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday 22 May.
Video of Dinca's arrest captured by body cameras belonging to Kent Police officers.
Officers located his car, a black Fiat 500, travelling towards Essex on the afternoon of 17 April and, after observing it for a short period, acted quickly to detain the driver when he became stuck in traffic.
A search of the vehicle uncovered a reusable supermarket bag that contained 0.9 kilograms of cocaine which had an estimated street value of £45,000 to £90,000.
A smartphone was also seized and while Dinca was in custody the handset received several messages that clearly connected him to the transportation of the drug.
Leicestershire Police carried out further searches at the offender’s home, leading to the discovery of £12,500 in cash.
Dinca was charged the day after his arrest and has been held on remand since.
Detective Sergeant Jason Booth, Kent Police’s investigating officer for the case, said: ‘A substantial amount of cocaine was found in Dinca’s car and this, coupled with the phone we seized, provides clear evidence that he was involved in a well organised plot to supply class A drugs.
‘The quality of our evidence gathering, combined with the professionalism of our officers who acted quickly to detain him, led to this arrest. This result sends a clear message that we have the expertise and resources to target individuals involved in organised criminality in our county.’