A suspected drug dealer has been arrested after he was stopped while speeding in Marden.

He was detained by the Maidstone Task Force during checks in support of National Speed Awareness Day, on Wednesday 19 October 2022.

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Cocaine deals and cannabis

A total of five drivers were stopped for speeding in Goudhurst Road and all received fixed penalty notices for exceeding the 30mph limit.

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Officer completing speed checks

One of the motorists, a 40-year-old man from Staplehurst, was also searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act.


Officers seized a quantity of cocaine deals, cannabis, plus £1,440 in cash, and the suspect was arrested. He was later released pending further investigation.

Inspector Steve Kent, of Maidstone’s Community Safety Unit, said: ‘We completed these checks following complaints from residents that speeding vehicles were endangering residents and other road users.
‘The intention is to remind drivers they have a responsibility to drive within the statutory speed limit and in a roadworthy vehicle. However, drug dealers and others intent on travelling to commit crime can expect to receive some additional scrutiny if they are stopped during the checks.’

By Ed

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