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Heroin dealer jailed after targeting users in Kent

Julian Mason had found a place to live, while he targeted users Credit: Kent Police

A heroin dealer from London has been jailed for five years after he was caught trying to supply drugs to users in Tunbridge Wells.

Julian Mason was seen acting suspiciously in a car in Reynolds Lane on 22 February, 2017 and, when police blocked his vehicle, tried to escape on foot. The 34-year-old was detained and searched and a total of 76 wraps containing Class A drugs were found in one of his trouser pockets and inside a bag he was carrying.

Further enquiries revealed Mason had been living for several weeks at an address in Broomhill Road, Tunbridge Wells. When officers searched this property they discovered further quantities of drugs, along with a set of scales and cling film.

In total police seized 32 grams of heroin, crack cocaine weighing 56 grams and 295 ecstasy pills.

Mason, formerly of Romney Road, Hayes, was remanded in custody after being charged with possession with intent to supply heroin, possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and possession with intent to supply MDMA.

Appearing before Maidstone Crown Court he pleaded guilty to all the charges and was jailed for five years.

Mason was dealing on a very significant level. He had even found himself a place to live in the local area in order to systematically target some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

We know there will be more drug dealers like Mason who will try to target Tunbridge Wells but rest assured my officers will continue to work relentlessly, to ensure we keep on catching them and bringing them before the courts. We must all remain vigilant to ensure our town remains a safe place to live and your help remains invaluable. Make sure you report anything suspicious by calling 999 if it is a crime in progress. Otherwise contact 101.

– Tunbridge Wells Chief Inspector Dave Pate

Warning over rogue drugs after woman found dead

Police have issued a warning about a "rogue" batch of drugs after a 36-year-old was found dead in a car park in Salisbury.

Emergency crews were called to Culver Street on Friday evening amid reports a woman had collapsed.

Wiltshire Police said the woman was pronounced dead at the scene and believe the deceased may have taken a quantity of contaminated heroin.

"I would of course urge everyone to steer well clear of any illegal drug use but following this tragic incident, we have concerns that there may be a quantity of contaminated heroin in our community which could have the potential to lead to further illness or death.

"We would like to reassure the local community that we are carrying out a detailed and robust investigation following this death and enquiries will be continuing.

"If anyone has any information on this incident, or is able to help us with inquiries to establish where these drugs have come from, please call us on 101 immediately. All information we receive will be treated in the strictest confidence. Alternatively, information can be given to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800." 555 111."

– DetectivSergeant Guy Williams

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Cocaine and heroin found at Dover docks

Border Force officers are investigating after an estimated 107 kilos of cocaine and five kilos of heroin were seized at Dover’s Eastern Docks. The drugs, which have a street value running into millions of pounds, were discovered when officers stopped a Slovenian-registered lorry.

After questioning the driver officers, aided by a detector dog, searched the lorry and its load of metal and machinery. The drugs were found hidden in one of the trailer’s outside lockers.

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Anthrax case confirmed - Health Protection Agency

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is aware that a person who injected heroin has been diagnosed with anthrax infection in Oxford. The patient is recovering.

This case has occurred after two drug users died from confirmed anthrax infection in Blackpool within a month of each other earlier this year.

There is an ongoing outbreak of anthrax among people who inject drugs in a number of countries in Europe with 12 cases now identified since early June.

The latest case in Oxford brings the total number affected in the UK to five. The source is presumed to be contaminated heroin.

It is unclear whether these cases are linked to others in Europe (four in Germany, two in Denmark, one in France) but the HPA is continuing to monitor the situation.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have concluded that heroin users in Europe are still at risk of exposure.

Anthrax can be cured with antibiotics if treatment is started early. It is therefore important for medical professionals to be alert to the possibly of anthrax infection in heroin users to prevent any delays in providing treatment.

“It is possible that further cases may be seen in people who inject heroin. People who use drugs may become infected with anthrax when the heroin they use is contaminated with anthrax spores. This could be a source of infection if injected, smoked or snorted - There is no safe route for consuming heroin or other drugs that may be contaminated with anthrax.”

– Dr Fortune Ncube, an expert in infections among people who inject drugs at the HPA