A drug dealer who was on the run for over three years was finally caught because he tried to buy a car. 

John Condeh, 35, of High Street in Peckham, was arrested in July 2020 after an anonymous report that a drug dealer was operating in St Leonards, East Sussex. 

When officers entered the property, they found a large bundle of heroin and crack cocaine in the chair he was sitting in. 

They also found keys to a car which contained around £1,400 in cash. 

Condeh was charged with possession with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine, and possession of criminal property. 

But he failed to attend court and spent over three years on the run. 

News Shopper: John CondehJohn Condeh (Image: Sussex Police)Financial investigators eventually tracked him down after he took out an agreement for the purchase of a car in 2023. 

This vehicle was circulated to police forces nationally and on November 6, 2023, the vehicle stopped in south east London. 

 Condeh was driving the vehicle and he was arrested. 

On February 26 this year he pleaded guilty to all the offences and was jailed for two years and 11 months.