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14 arrested in £2.5m drug raid across Kent

By SamPayne  |  Posted: October 17, 2013

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Officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate arrested 14 people in early morning drug warrants across the county earlier this week.

They were arrested in the early hours of Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 October at addresses in Maidstone, Rainham, Gillingham, Chatham, Sheerness and West Malling and later charged with conspiracy to supply controlled drugs class A and B - worth more than £2.5 million.

Those charged are:

Astrit Suli, 30, of Edna Road, Maidstone.

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Istvan Lakatos, 20, of Edna Road, Maidstone.

Zamir Mucllari, 26, of Kingsley Road, Maidstone.

Josh William Murphy, 24, of Mallow Road, Sheerness.

Kevin Graham Bedford, 31, of Jacklin Close, Chatham.

Daniel Mannerings, 26, of Elmstone Road, Rainham.

Nigel William Adams, 59, of Sutherland Gardens, Gillingham

Stephen Richard Palmer, 31, of Bramley Way, West Malling.

Mit-Hat Cerri, 33, of Spencer Bridge Road, Northampton.

Anastasios Sykiniotis, 30, previously of Cobham Close, Enfield.

Armand Sula, 30, of Square Hill Road, Maidstone.

Simon Howard, 38, previously of St Peter’s Fordcombe, Tunbridge Wells.

All appeared at local magistrates’ courts and have been remanded. Also charged, but released on bail are:

Fatjon Fasko, 26, of Paget Road, Wolverhampton.

Fatos Azmi Metua, 41, of Paget Road, Wolverhampton.

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Beautridge, Head of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: "These arrests and charges come following months of investigations by our detectives and staff. In total we have recovered drugs with a street value of more than £2.5m as well as seizing more than a quarter of million pounds cash directly from these suspects.

"These arrests relate to the organised supply of drugs on a large scale within Kent and send a clear message that drugs will not be tolerated.

"This activity has significantly disrupted the supply of drugs within the county and we will continue to target the individuals responsible for this activity and bring them to justice."

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  • Kent_Resident  |  October 17 2013, 3:23PM

    Great to see and hear that the Police will not tolerate drug offences in Kent and continue to crack down on the organisers. It's a pity though that so many drug offenders are immigrants. We'll have to pay for their upkeep in prison. Shouldn't they be returned to the Country they arrived from if the break the laws here ?

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