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Van driver stopped in Isle of Dogs found to have £3m worth of class A drugs

PUBLISHED: 10:00 14 March 2020

Dean Garland was found with £3m worth of drugs and cash in two Transit vans. Picture: Met Police

Dean Garland was found with £3m worth of drugs and cash in two Transit vans. Picture: Met Police

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A man has been jailed after approximately £3million worth of cocaine and MDMA were found in his van.

Drugs and cash found stashed in Dean Garland's van. Picture: Met PoliceDrugs and cash found stashed in Dean Garland's van. Picture: Met Police

Dean Garland's white Ford Transit was stopped by police in Havannah Street, Isle of Dogs, on Thursday, October 24.

He was seen to discard a set of keys in the passenger footwell.

A search of the vehicle resulted in four large blocks (approximately 4kg in total) of what was suspected to be cocaine found within a black.

Garland was arrested for possession of class A drugs with intent to supply. He was searched and found to be in possession of £465 cash, a Nokia mobile phone, and a car key, which was later identified as being the key for another the white Ford Transit.

The drugs were found after Dean Garland was topped in Havannah Street. Picture: Met PoliceThe drugs were found after Dean Garland was topped in Havannah Street. Picture: Met Police

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Once Garland, 46, was in custody officers conducted a thorough search of his vehicle. They discovered a hide in the rear that had a hydraulic door controlled by a key fob attached to a set of keys which included the key to the van.

Within the hide a significant quantity of suspected drugs and cash were seized. These were then tested and found to be 12kg of cocaine; 200g of cannabis resin; 45,000 MDMA tablets and £38,000 cash.

Later the same evening officers conducted a search warrant at his home address. At this search the other white Ford Transit was located and parked outside the address. Another hide was found in the back of this vehicle that contained a further 13 blocks of class A drugs as well as £5,000 cash.

Garland was interviewed and answered 'no comment' to all questions. He was charged the following day with one count of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug.

Garland, of Sunnyside Road, Epping, pleaded guilty at a hearing in November to possession with intent to supply a total of 29kg of cocaine (street value around £2.8million) and 46,000 MDMA tablets (street value around £460,000).

He was jailed for nine years on Thursday, March 12 at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

After sentencing, Det Insp Glenn Butler, from the Met's Specialist Crime North Command, said: 'Thanks to the hard-work of Met officers, a massive quantity of drugs that were heading for our streets have been seized and destroyed. These drugs would have fuelled the violence and stabbings that have taken place across London and the rest of the country.'

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