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JAILED: Prolific drug dealer Ashley Nation spent drug money on handbags and TVs

Wednesday 25th March 2020

A PROLIFIC Maidstone drug dealer has been jailed for nearly five years after spending the money on designer handbags and TVs.

Ashley Nation (35) of Tonbridge Road purchased the luxury goods which were found at his flat in May last year.

Plastic packaging appeared to have been flushed down a toilet and white residue powder was visible around the toilet bowl.

Between August 2017 and May 2019, a total of £81,695 in cash deposits had been made to a bank account linked to Nation. The only time the deposits stopped was during a period in 2018, when Nation had been serving a prison sentence for previous drugs supply offences.

On June 19, a second search warrant was carried out at the same flat. Nation was again arrested, and a number of high value goods valued in excess of £30,000 were seized.

An Audi car was also confiscated which contained around £1,000 in cash.

A second car parked nearby was searched which led to the discovery of quantities of cannabis and cocaine. A knot around the cocaine packaging was swabbed for DNA and a forensic match was made to Nation.

He was charged with three counts of being concerned in the supply of drugs - cocaine, MDMA and cannabis.

Nation pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court and on March 17 2020 received a prison sentence of four years and nine months.

His partner, Laura Hughes (37) of Wiverton Road, Sydenham, London, admitted a charge of possessing criminal property. She was given a suspended sentence and ordered to carry out unpaid work for 200 hours.

Leading the investigation was Detective Constable James Arnold, who said: “Ashley Nation is a repeat offender, who was dealing drugs on a significant level even when he was released on licence following a previous custodial sentence.

“Rest assured that now he is back in prison our next step will be to use the Proceeds of Crime Act as a means to claw back any criminal gains from which he has benefitted.”

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