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.
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Suffolk Police today carried out a series of dawn raids across Ipswich, the aim to smash the networks supplying class A drugs in the town.
They were focused on criminals based in the capital but hoping to expand their multi-million pound trade to other areas of the country.
Matthew Hudson was there, click below to see his report.
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