Kent

West Malling drugs supply gang of four guilty

  • 15 September 2011
  • From the section Kent
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 men are facing sentences for supplying illegal drugs worth tens of thousands of pounds from a travellers' site in West Malling, Kent.

Joseph King, 48, and Craig Provan, 41, were found guilty of conspiracy to supply drugs. King was also convicted for possessing firearms with intent.

His brother Samuel King, 47, and Matthew Newin, 26, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply drugs.

The men, from Kent, will be sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday.

Secret recording

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.

The court heard that Joseph King, who controlled the site, was secretly recorded speaking to an accomplice in the dialect.

It was told the gang controlled street dealing in a number of towns across Kent, and they had a particular hold in the Canterbury and Sittingbourne areas.

The Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said by the end of a lengthy covert operation, King and his co-defendants had unwittingly sold more than £8,000 of heroin, cocaine and ecstasy to police officers.

Drugs supply

Joseph King, of Lavender Road, West Malling, was found guilty of conspiracy to supply heroin, conspiracy to supply ecstasy, possession of amphetamine with intent to supply and three counts of possessing firearms with intent to endanger life.

He was also found guilty of possession of criminal property but not guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Samuel King, of Elm Grove, Sittingbourne, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin.

He was found not guilty of conspiracy to supply ecstasy, possession with intent to supply amphetamine and three counts of possessing firearms with intent to endanger life.

Craig Provan, of The Paddock, Highsted Valley, Rodmersham, was found guilty of conspiracy to supply heroin and ecstasy. He admitted encouraging the supply of cannabis.

Matthew Newin, of Swanstree Avenue, Sittingbourne, pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply cocaine, heroin and ecstasy and encouraging the supply of cannabis.

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