Greenhithe man jailed after buying cocaine 'because he thought it was heroin'

Police found this drug paraphernalia on Richard Kenins.

Police found this drug paraphernalia on Richard Kenins.

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A drug addict from Greenhithe has been jailed for eight weeks after being caught in possession of cocaine - which he had bought thinking it was heroin.

Richard Kenins, aged 28, of Bishops Court, was stopped by plain-clothed police officers near the Barge Pole pub in Thamesmead on September 3.

Kenins discarded a package and tried to run away from police.

He was detained and the package containing brown powder wrapped in clingfilm was found.

Kenins was searched and found to have several dirty used needles and syringes on him, as well as heating spoons and ligature.

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In interview he told officers he bought the drugs believing it was heroin.

Kenins was charged and remanded for possession of class A drug and obstructing a police search.

On September 4 Kenins was sentenced to eight weeks in prison at a virtual court and is currently in custody at Bexleyheath police station awaiting transport to HMP Belmarsh.

An Asbo application with conditions not to come to the area is being considered by the court.

PC Chris Molnar "Thamesmead has always had a strong community since being built, but drugs threaten to destroy this.

"Some residents are coming forward to assist with identifying those responsible for this however we need to work as a community and force these people out.

Kenins is a drug addict who travels from Kent to buy and take drugs in the stairwells."

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6:40pm Fri 5 Sep 14

cookster says...

And banging him up at considerable expense is going to help him how?
And banging him up at considerable expense is going to help him how? cookster
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9:26pm Sat 6 Sep 14

Marty1979 says...

cookster wrote:
And banging him up at considerable expense is going to help him how?
So what would you suggest?
[quote][p][bold]cookster[/bold] wrote: And banging him up at considerable expense is going to help him how?[/p][/quote]So what would you suggest? Marty1979
  • Score: 0

9:33am Sun 7 Sep 14

LouiseReg says...

Why on earth would they send him to jail! ok he has committed a crime! but not as much as the dealers! supposedly you can get drugs in prison! there is probably more drugs in prisons then on the streets
Why on earth would they send him to jail! ok he has committed a crime! but not as much as the dealers! supposedly you can get drugs in prison! there is probably more drugs in prisons then on the streets LouiseReg
  • Score: 2

11:40am Sun 7 Sep 14

cookster says...

Marty1979 wrote:
cookster wrote:
And banging him up at considerable expense is going to help him how?
So what would you suggest?
Drug rehab programmes... community service helping other addicts... anything but being banged up in a maximum security prison which probably has its own drug supply.
[quote][p][bold]Marty1979[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cookster[/bold] wrote: And banging him up at considerable expense is going to help him how?[/p][/quote]So what would you suggest?[/p][/quote]Drug rehab programmes... community service helping other addicts... anything but being banged up in a maximum security prison which probably has its own drug supply. cookster
  • Score: 3

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