Karsimir Minev, 28, of Sunray Avenue, Tolworth and Galin Zdravkov Zlatev, 30, of Curtis Road, Ewell have been sentenced to a combined total of seven years and 38 weeks’ imprisonment after being found guilty of multiple drugs offences at Guildford Crown Court last Friday (26 November).
The pair were arrested earlier this year, in the early hours of Sunday, 4 April when officers responded to reports of a suspicious white van on Wolsey Road in Esher. On approaching the van officers noticed the smell of cannabis. Minev surrendered a bag of cannabis along with a knuckle duster he had in his pocket. Officers then conducted a Section 23 Misuse of Drugs Act search and found £600 in cash in Minev’s wallet. Inside the vehicle they found further cannabis and offensive weapons, including a large hunting knife. Later when Zlatev was searched in police custody he was found to be in possession of several packages of cocaine.
Further searches were carried out at both their home addresses where large quantities of drugs were found. Their mobile phone records indicated the pair were involved in drug dealing and messages were discovered containing slang terms for illicit drugs alongside images of what they were selling.
Minev was sentenced to four years and 38 weeks imprisonment after he was found guilty of two counts of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug and being concerned in the supply of cocaine.
Zlatev was sentenced to three years imprisonment after being found guilty of possession with intent to supply cocaine and being concerned in the supply of cocaine.
Detective Constable Aaron King, who investigated the case, said: “This is a strong example of how reports from the community can directly lead to the arrest of those dealing drugs. You might not think letting us know about a suspicious vehicle or group of individuals is important, but it all helps us build up our intelligence picture. Our Neighbourhood Policing Teams work closely with the Criminal Investigation Department to act on intelligence and help take drug dealers like these off Surrey’s streets.”
If you are concerned about drug use or drug dealing in your area, contact us on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always dial 999.
What are the signs of potential drug dealing?
- Lots of visitors, who don’t stay very long, arriving at all times of the day and night
- People waiting in cars outside particular properties exchanging small packets or cash
- Lots of visitors bringing items such as T.V's or bikes but leaving empty handed
- Lone/vulnerable neighbours suddenly having groups of young men living at their address.
What we want to know:
- Time, date and place
- Vehicle registrations and the make, model and colour
- Descriptions of people and details of what they were doing
- Direction they are travelling to and from
- How many times you have seen them – is it always at the same time of day?
Don’t put yourself at risk while gathering this information. Please always pass the information to the police and do not confront or approach suspected drug dealers.