Former boxer jailed for county lines drug dealing

Jailed: Former Thanet resident Blessed Sithole

A former Thanet boxer who sold heroin and crack cocaine in Canterbury has become the latest offender jailed following work by Kent Police’s County Lines and Gangs Team.

Blessed Sithole was arrested after proactive work by the team identified a hire car linked to drug dealing in the city in April 2022.

The 29-year-old, of Gore Mews and formerly a Margate resident, was later arrested and charged with being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

After admitting that charge, he was sentenced to three years when he appeared before Canterbury Crown Court on Wednesday 2 November.

Officers identified a blue BMW which they believed was being used by a county line network who advertised their drugs using the text name ‘Taylor’.

Further investigation linked Sithole to the car and a warrant was carried out at his home on 26 April. He was arrested elsewhere in the city on the same day.

A large amount of cash and two phones, were seized. Examination of the phones later revealed messages offering drug users ‘best of both’, a reference to heroin and crack cocaine.

While on bail, Sithole obtained another hire car and another phone, with a view to potential further dealing. He was arrested again in June and charged.

The sentencing came after the County Lines and Gangs Team secured a total of 34 years of prison sentences for offenders during the month of October.

Last month, the team also made 42 arrests, secured 54 charges, seized more than £15,000 in suspected criminal cash and 32 weapons.

Detective Chief Inspector Matthew Talboys said: “This proactive investigation shows how my officers seek out and arrest those who try to sell class A drugs on the streets of Kent.

“The number of arrests made, charges brought and sentences secured in October, which also included our work as part of County Lines Intensification Week, show our relentless work to shut down the networks which target vulnerable people in the county.”


  1. its about time they found out whos behind all this county lines drug graffiti thats everywhere you look .

  2. Hahaha, that is one of the funniest names I have ever heard!

    Enjoy your time inside, you drug peddling piece of sithole!

  3. This is good news with the ongoing fight against drugs, it is a war! A never ending war as one gets sent down another two take there place but the authorities are doing their best with the resources they have to hand, at least they are disrupting the supply chain a bit and occasionally manage to get Mr big, then another one takes over we are fortunate that we have not had turf war going on around us if we do it will truly be a mess.

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