Kent

West Malling drugs gang sentenced

The travellers' site next to Hoath Woods
Image caption The travellers' site next to Hoath Woods was infiltrated by undercover police officers

A gang of four drug dealers have been jailed for conspiring to supply illegal drugs across Kent.

Brothers Joseph and Samuel King, Craig Provan and Matthew Newin controlled dealing in towns across Kent from a travellers' site in West Malling.

Joseph King, 48, was jailed for 18 years and Samuel King, 47, for seven-and-a-half years at Canterbury Crown Court.

Provan, 41, was sentenced to six years, and Newin, 26, to eight years.

Joseph King, of Lavender Road, West Malling, and Provan, of The Paddock, Highsted Valley, Rodmersham, were found guilty of conspiracy to supply drugs.

King was also convicted of possessing firearms with intent and for possession of criminal property.

His brother, of Elm Grove, Sittingbourne, and Newin, of Swanstree Avenue, Sittingbourne, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply drugs.

Undercover operation

During the seven-week trial, the jury had to be given basic lessons in a 16th Century Romany dialect called Rokker, which was used by two of the gang.

They were caught after the travellers' site next to Hoath Woods was infiltrated by undercover police officers.

Thousands of pounds worth of heroin, cocaine and ecstasy were exchanged during more than a dozen transactions between June and September last year.

The court heard the gang controlled street dealing in a number of towns across Kent and had a particular hold in the Canterbury and Sittingbourne areas.

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