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Drug dealer jailed after officers spot his suspicious driving

News   •   Jun 11, 2019 14:53 BST

A drug dealer who tried to evade officers when he was spotted in his car in the early hours of the morning has been jailed for more than three years.

At approximately 3.30am on 25 March, officers patrolling in Walton-on-Thames noticed Ricky Dent’s car trying to give them the slip. Using their mobile data terminal they checked the number plate and believed the car had no insurance and an expired MOT so they pulled him over.

Dent, 42, of Gavell Road, Cobham, tried to argue he had only bought the car earlier that day but, when asked to prove it, he claimed he had forgotten his wallet.

Police officers could smell what they believed was cannabis and detained him under Section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act, searching him and locating a quantity of cash, scales and a knife.

They also suspected he was driving under the influence and a drug swipe tested positive for cocaine, leading to his arrest.

In custody, Dent was further searched and a quantity of drugs were found hidden in his clothes. These were later confirmed to be cocaine and heroin.

During interview Dent admitted having the drugs on him but claimed he simply knew where someone was storing some so just went to take them. At Guildford Crown Court on 31 May he was sentenced to three and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply, possession of a bladed article and possession of Class B drugs.

Inspector Dallas McDermott, Borough Commander for Elmbridge, said: “I hope this sends a strong message to anyone supplying drugs that this crime will not be tolerated in our communities and you will be caught.

“I commend the officers who noticed Dent’s evasive driving and acted on their suspicions as it has ultimately led to a drug dealer being imprisoned.

“I would encourage anyone with concerns about drugs to report the information to us. Intelligence, no matter how small it may seem, allows us to build up a bigger picture of any local activity, identify possible offenders and target our patrols.”

If you have information about suspected drug dealing or anti-social behaviour in your area, please contact Surrey Police via our website at www.surrey.police.uk or call 101 or 999 (in an emergency).

You can also report anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

What are the signs of potential drug dealing?

- Lots of visitors, who don’t stay very long, arriving at all times of the day and night

- People waiting in cars outside particular properties exchanging small packets or money

- Lots of visitors bringing value items such as TVs or bikes but leaving empty handed

- Lone/vulnerable neighbours suddenly having lots of groups of people living at their address 

What we want to know

- Times, dates and places

- Vehicle registrations if possible or the make, model and colour of vehicles

- Descriptions of people and details of what they were doing

- The direction they travel to and from

- How many times you have seen them – is it always at the same time?

Don’t put yourself at risk while gathering this information, pass it on to the police and do not confront or approach anyone suspected of dealing drugs.