A group of drug-dealers have been jailed for a total of 15 years for selling cocaine, cannabis and MDMA in Dartford over a two year period.

Joshua James, Harry Bishop and Connor Stelfox were charged following a series of incidents over two years.

James ran from officers following a disturbance at a pub in Dartford in November 2014.

The 22-year-old, of New Ash Green in Longfield, discarded a bag and a jacket shortly before he was arrested.

Both items were recovered and contained cocaine, cannabis, cash and mobile phones.

DNA on the bag was linked to James and Bishop. Both men were later charged with Class A and Class B drug offences.

In December 2014, James and Stelfox ran from patrols after they were spotted in the Trevithick Drive area of Dartford.

Officers spotted the men throwing away items as they fled and were arrested shortly after.

Stelfox, 20, of Merryweather Close in Dartford, was carrying a sunglasses bag filled with wraps of cocaine.

James was carrying cannabis.

Police also found a bag nearby containing cannabis and MDMA.

James and Stelfox were both charged with Class A and Class B drug offences.

Bishop, 21, of Danehill Walk in Sidcup, was arrested when patrols stopped a Vauxhall Astra he was driving in April 2016.

Officers found a bag of cocaine stuffed into a tear of the driver’s seat and more wraps of cocaine when Bishop was searched.

He was charged with further Class A drug offences.

Following incidents involving motor vehicles in March and November 2016 Bishop was also charged with two counts of dangerous driving.

Investigating officer DC Debbie Cummings said: "Bishop, James and Stelfox were all caught with Class A drugs and each had a clear intention to sell them in the local community.

"Drug dealing blights communities and those selfish enough to take part make a dishonest profit out of some of the most vulnerable people in society.

"Their sentences are a clear message to other offenders in Dartford. Kent Police will always robustly deal with these offences and officers will always ensure offenders get the punishment they deserve."

The three men were sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday August 18.

Bishop was sentenced to seven years and 10 months in prison. James was jailed for five years and Stelfox was jailed in a Young Offenders Institution for two-and-a-half years.