Here are some of the stories of southern Essex criminals jailed in the past two weeks.
Ten men and a boy involved in a highly profitable cocaine conspiracy have been jailed for over 65 years.
The group was part of a county line drug team known as the “Dave” line, which inundated Southend with drugs from Gravesend and Dartford bases.
In operation between February and August 2019, it had annual sales in excess of £ 1.5 million before being shot down by the police.
A single phone number was used to interact with customers and the phone received more than 750 calls or messages per day. After a thorough investigation, 11 offenders were brought to court and sentenced in June.
Among them were three men from the Southend district who were jailed for seven collective years.
Timothy Challis, Nathan Ndaba and Raymond Healy
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A drug dealer was caught in Southend who slept next to a pile of Class A drug wrappers.
John Abrahams was found inside an apartment in Cluny Square, Southend, where he also hid a machete and hundreds of pounds in a safe.
The Essex police Raptor South Operation team raided the apartment on March 12th.
He was imprisoned on Monday for three years.