Two Drug Dealers Sentenced to Over 14 Years for Smuggling Premium Cannabis Products Worth £1 Million from US into UK

Two Drug Dealers Sentenced to Over 14 Years for Smuggling

Two drug dealers from Whitstable and Sevenoaks have been sentenced to a combined total of more than 14 years in prison after a major operation by authorities to crack down on a multi-million pound drugs ring.

Samuel Dunn, from Whitstable, and Keenan Hall-Shelton, from Sevenoaks, were found to be involved in smuggling “premium” cannabis products worth over £1 million from the US into the UK. The drugs were hidden in children’s toys and clothing and were advertised as “California’s finest” cannabis.

Dunn, who was described as the leader of the operation, was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in jail for his role in the ring. He was found to have a “clear audit trail” as he kept detailed Google spreadsheets with addresses, stock lists, prices, tracking codes, and money owed.

Hall-Shelton, who played a significant role in the operation, was jailed for seven years. He acted as a “storekeeper” for the drugs and was aware of the scale of the operation. The investigation into the drug ring began in February 2022, when Border Force officers intercepted a large number of packages from California destined for addresses in north Kent.

The Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate took over the case and eventually linked Dunn to 355kg of cannabis. However, it is believed that more quantities of the drug may have slipped through the net and reached their intended destinations.

The court heard that Hall-Shelton’s involvement was limited to six months and he was in a position “above that of a courier”. He was found to have been in possession of two kilos of cocaine, as well as cannabis and MDMA.

Both men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import cannabis and possessing drugs with intent to supply. They will also face confiscation proceedings and Dunn is expected to be subject to a Serious Crime Prevention Order.

In total, nine other arrests were made in connection with the drugs ring, and more than 150 ‘cease and desist’ letters were sent to known addresses of the illegal packages. The police have warned that anyone caught accepting further deliveries could face arrest and prosecution.

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