Seven men charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine following police raids

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Seven men have been charged with conspiracy to supply a class A drug following a number of early-morning arrests.

The men are alleged to have been involved in a conspiracy to supply cocaine throughout the east of the county between June and October 2022.

On Thursday 21 March this year officers carried out searches at several addresses as part of an investigation by detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

Officers seized around £20,000 cash and ‘a large quantity’ of herbal cannabis.

Seven people have since been charged with conspiracy to supply a class A drug:

  • John Horn, 37, of Highfield Road, Ramsgate;
  • Joseph Shuttleworth, 34, of Orchard Close, Ramsgate;
  • Jason Tse, 40, of Beach Road, Westgate-on-Sea;
  • Chris Palmer, 33, of Nixon Avenue, Ramsgate;
  • Robert Georgiou, 56, of Brecon Square, Ramsgate;
  • Thomas Hilton, 27, of Grimshill Road, Whitstable, who was also charged with possession with intent to supply cannabis.
  • Seventh suspect, Oliver Eyles, 36, of Lavender Lane, Ramsgate, was arrested and charged yesterday (April 2).

Mr Hilton was released on court bail and his co-defendants were remanded in custody ahead of a hearing at Canterbury Crown Court on Monday 22 April.

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