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Convicted drug dealer on the run
Robert Colyer (from Kent Police)
Detectives believe Robert Colyer is on the run
An appeal has been made to trace a convicted drug dealer who was sentenced in his absence to 10 years in prison.

Kent Police believe Robert Colyer, 38, of Island Road, Hersden, near Canterbury, went on the run before his trial to try to avoid punishment.

He was convicted earlier of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs with a street value of about 2m.

An arrest warrant for Colyer is still outstanding after he failed to attend a court hearing in November 2006.

Det Sgt John McDermott said: "We are still looking for Robert Colyer and would urge anyone who may have any information or may have seen him to contact us.

"It is possible he is travelling with a woman and three children."

Supply of cannabis

Colyer is described as being more than 6ft tall and weighing about 28 stone (178kg).

He wears glasses, has blond or fair hair which is receding, and sometimes wears a beard.

Wayne McNally (from Kent Police)
Wayne McNally was jailed for five years for his role

Colyer was one of four men arrested in May 2005 as part of a police operation targeting the supply of large quantities of cannabis.

It involved Kent Police's Organised Crime Unit and the Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency.

Shane Lettice, 38, from Angus, Dundee, Scotland, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison by Dundee High Court in March 2006.

Wayne McNally, 36, of Ryde Close, Chatham, Kent, was jailed for five years at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday.

Both men were charged with conspiracy to supply controlled drugs.

A fourth man, who pleaded not guilty to the charge, was acquitted.


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