Drug gang jailed over £5m Kent cannabis haul

Clockwise from left: Danny Malone, Michael Malone, Martin Merritt and Hugh Webb
Image caption Detectives described the drug haul as one of the biggest of its kind in Kent

Four drug dealers have been jailed after police seized nearly £5m worth of cannabis resin in two raids in Kent.

Danny Malone, 44, was sentenced to eight years in prison, Michael Malone, 46, six years and Martin Merritt, 40, received a five-year term.

All three pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cannabis at an earlier hearing at Maidstone Crown Court.

Hugh Webb, 53, was found guilty of the same charge following a trial and jailed for five years.

Police caught Danny Malone, of Collier Street, Tonbridge, Kent, exchanging 200 kilos of packaged cannabis resin between two vans on a driveway just off Queen Street, Paddock Wood on 4 March.

Detectives said the evidence led them to Sandy Lane, Great Chart, near Ashford, where they stopped Webb, of Dagenham, east London, driving a lorry containing more than one tonne of cannabis on 8 March.

Michael Malone, of Hove, East Sussex, and Merritt, of Dagenham, were discovered sitting in a vehicle at a storage unit nearby.

About 1.9 tonnes of cannabis was uncovered during the two raids.

Det Sgt Andy Nicoll said: "This was one of the biggest drug seizures of its kind in Kent and the sheer quantities of cannabis resin and their monetary value show how serious this operation was."

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