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Two men from Cambridgeshire caught with £50,000 worth of cannabis have escaped jail.
Jack Ross, 19, of Creek Road in March, and 23-year-old Harry Ardron, 23, of Belsize Avenue in Peterborough, pleaded guilty to drugs offences at Huntingdon Crown Court on Tuesday May 9.
The court heard how the pair were seen leaving a property in Creek Road on June 21 last year with a large bag. They were stopped by police who found 6kg of cannabis with a street value of up to £48,000.
A search of Ross' home uncovered 10 plants with a street value of up to £6,900.
Ross pleaded guilty to possession of a class B drug with intent to supply and producing a Class B drug. He was sentenced to 12 months suspended for two years. He will also undertake 200 hours of unpaid work.
Ardron pleaded guilty to possession of a class B drug and received a 10-month sentence suspended for two years and 250 hours of unpaid work.
A driver caught with drugs levels more than one hundred times over the legal driving limit has been jailed for 18 weeks.
Gintars Garkajs, 30, from Wisbech was also banned from driving for five years.
Garkajs was stopped in his Audi A6 in January and a roadside drugs test revealed cocaine in his system. Further tests showed he was 100 times over the limit for MDMA (ecstacy) as well as being more than 10 times over set limits for cocaine and benzoylecgonine.
“Driving under the influence of drugs is completely unacceptable.
"By doing so you significantly increase the chance of being involved in a serious, even fatal collision. It’s simple, if you’ve consumed drugs, don’t risk driving.”
Drug drive limits are set very low for illegal substances and there are also designated levels for some prescription medications.
Roadside drug testing kits can now detect the presence of cocaine and cannabis in someone’s system.
- During March police officers in Cambridgeshire conducted 29 roadside drugs tests with 18 motorists testing positive.
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Police in Essex have arrested a man after cannabis plants were found near Braintree.
A 54-year-old man has been released on police bail after officers executed of a drugs warrant on The Street in Stisted.
Officers found 22 mature plants and nine younger cannabis plants within outbuildings at the address when they attended just after 9am on Monday 4 April.
A London drug dealer who travelled to Basildon to sell heroin and crack cocaine is starting a two and a half year prison sentence.
Calvin Hope of Coleridge Road, London was caught after plain clothed officers who'd been on patrol in Gloucester Park in Basildon spotted the 33-year-old throw a package suspected of containing class A drugs into a nearby bush.
Officers chased down Hope and arrested him before recovering the stash of drugs from the bushes.
The package was found to contain 56 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine and Hope was also found to be concealing cannabis in his sock.
Hope was charged with possession with intent to supply heroin, possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and possession of cannabis.
He pleaded guilty to all three offences and was jailed for 30 months.
Nine people have been arrested after around a hundred police officers carried out early morning drug raids in Hertfordshire, Essex and London.
Police say it was part of a proactive operation to disrupt the supply of drugs in the East Herts area.
Nine people were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug including two men from Harlow aged 55 and 20 along with three men and a woman from Hertford.
“The execution of these warrants was the culmination of months of intelligence led work and the operation has been a success.
“Whilst there isn’t a significant issue with drugs in our area I want to be very clear where we have information people are involved in dealing or supply, we will target these people and bring them to justice.
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Essex Police have seized cannabis with a street value of £1.6 million after it was found in a lorry load of tea.
The 200 kg consignment of herbal cannabis was discovered in Josselin Road in Basildon in the early hours of 2 November.
Police inquiries found that the rest of the tea consignment was in a distribution centre and officers recovered another 150kg of cannabis.
"A significant haul of cannabis has been taken off the streets. We are continuing our enquiries into where the drugs came from and where they were destined for.
"We are also still looking for the other two men seen acting suspiciously in Josselin Road on 2 November.”
A 48-year-old man of no fixed address was charged with theft from a motor vehicle. He admitted the charges and was sentenced at Basildon Magistrates’ Court to three months in prison, suspended for 12 months.
Police also arrested two men, one aged in his 40s from Bulgaria and another aged in his 60s from Lithuania, on suspicion of importing drugs. They have been released on police bail until February, pending further enquiries.
Fourteen members of a drugs gang who supplied cocaine and ecstasy across London and East Anglia have been jailed for a total of 74 years and four months.
Officers from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) launched an investigation into the organised crime group in 2013.
The gang used a recruitment agency business in Slough to cover as a front for the drug dealing and also used street dealers to supply cocaine and MDMA across the region.
An extensive covert investigation culminated in arrests in Hertfordshire, Essex, London, Slough and Reading.
Officers seized 3.3kg of cocaine with a street value of £138,000, 4.4kg of MDMA with a street value of £560,000 and £60,733 in cash.
Twelve men and a woman pleaded guilty to various drugs offences and were sentenced at early hearings. A further defendant was also jailed after being convicted following a trial.