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Dealer jailed for drugs haul found in dawn flat raid

PUBLISHED: 15:42 03 February 2010 | UPDATED: 11:25 12 August 2010

A DRUG dealer who hid thousands of pounds worth of cannabis and cocaine around his home has been jailed for four years.

A DRUG dealer who hid thousands of pounds worth of cannabis and cocaine around his home has been jailed for four years.

Charles Simmonds, 24, of Maple Leaf Close, Biggin Hill, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and two counts of possession with intent to supply class C drugs at Croydon Crown Court on May 5 last year.

He was sent for trial on another charge of possession with intent to Supply class A drugs but changed his plea to guilty on August 11 just prior to the jury being sworn in.

Simmonds was jailed for four years on January 20 for the Class A drugs offence and one concurrent year for the class C offences.

Head of Bromley Police's Borough Support Unit, Sergeant Philip Spaul, said: "All those involved in the raid were taken by surprise by the success of the operation and the quantity of drugs that were seized. We did not expect to find this quantity of drugs in such a nice quiet little flat in Biggin Hill.

"The drugs market has a negative impact on our communities and can fuel other crime and this approach to improving Bromley will continue throughout the year."

Police raided his house at around 7.40pm on January 16 last year where they found £2,500 worth cannabis, £2,000 worth of cocaine, £3,500 cash and drugs paraphernalia.

All the drugs were hidden in small plastic boxes in the bedroom, kitchen, with some even secreted in the bottom of the kitchen units.

The drugs and paraphernalia were ordered to be destroyed and the cash was forfeited.

A 23-year-old woman arrested at the time of the raid was later released without charge.

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