Significant quantities of cocaine have been seized as part of the latest enforcement action to tackle the supply of drugs in Tunbridge Wells.
Over the past week proactive work by the town’s Community Policing Team has led to the recovery of hundreds of street deals, as well as cash totalling almost £10,000. Two men have been charged in connection with drugs supply offences, as a result of the activity by both plain clothes and uniformed patrols.
At around 6.50pm on Thursday 21 April 2022, police stopped an Audi in Victoria Road. The driver was detained for a search and a wrap of suspected cocaine was initially seized. Officers then entered a property in Goods Station Road where they located more than 100 grams of the suspected Class A drug, as well as up to £8,000 in cash.
Benjamin Freeman, 36, of Goods Station Road, Tunbridge Wells was charged with possessing cocaine with intent to supply and with possessing criminal property (relating to money seized). He appeared before Medway Magistrates’ Court on Saturday 23 April and was bailed. A date for his next hearing has not yet been set.
In a separate and unrelated case, also involving the Tunbridge Wells Community Policing Team, a man was arrested on Friday 22 April 2022 after officers stopped a suspicious car in the Eridge Road area. A search of the vehicle initially located four wraps of cocaine. Further checks led to the recovery of more drugs in knotted bags beneath the driver’s seat, containing as many as 90 deals. Almost £2,000 was also seized.
An address linked to the suspect was then searched in Chatham, where suspected cocaine estimated in the region of at least 300 street deals was seized. Georgios Kotsis, 26, of Upper Luton Road, Chatham was charged with possessing cocaine with intent to supply and with possessing criminal property relating to money seized).
He was remanded to appear before Medway Magistrates’ Court on Monday 25 April.