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.
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.
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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There are fears that heroin contaminated with anthrax is being distributed around Oxfordshire.
The Health Protection Agency says one person has already been diagnosed with the infection. That person is now recovering, but others are being urged to be aware of the symptoms. Kate Bunkall reports.
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.
A person has been diagnosed with anthrax poisoning in Oxford after injecting a drug which was believed to have been heroin. The Health Protection Agency has confirmed an investigation has been launched into incident.