Cocaine dealer is jailed after sting
A DRUG dealer from Tunbridge Wells has been jailed for six years after a sting by undercover police.
Richard Hampson, 31, of Guildford Road, was jailed at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday.
He was snared after supplying the officers with cocaine twice between October last year and January.
Hampson was part of a ring which supplied large quantities of drugs to West Kent. He and three other men all arrested on February 1 were sentenced to a total of 25 years in prison.
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The arrests followed a four-month undercover operation by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.
Mark Burrell, 51, of Sylvestres in Riverhead near Sevenoaks, and his son Daniel, 22, of Ferndown in Meopham, were sentenced to eight years and five years respectively.
Billy Smith, 29, of Watercress Close in Sevenoaks, was sentenced to six years.
During the operation, the Burrells offered to sell cocaine to undercover officers via Hampson.
Hampson supplied 5.5oz of cocaine with a purity of more than 70 per cent during two deals with officers. The Burrells then made further arrangements for Smith to supply an ounce and then a kilogram of cocaine.
Serious Crime Directorate detective inspector Eddie Fox said: "This was a challenging investigation during which we were able to get to the heart of this criminal group responsible for supplying large quantities of drugs across the West Kent area."
He added: "The sentences today reflect the seriousness of the crimes committed and the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate will continue to take action to identify and target such dealers, disrupting their activity and bringing them to justice."