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Basildon Drug Dealers Jailed For More Than 11 years
Two men have been jailed for a total of 11 and a half years after drugs worth nearly £10,000 were found in Basildon.
Tyron Marshall and Marc Middleton, who are both 26, were arrested following a car chase in the town in August, after officers on patrol saw them with a bag they suspected might contain drugs.
No drugs were found in the car but the bag containing 82 grams of cannabis and 14 grams of cocaine was discovered discarded at nearby Stacey's Corner.
Marshall of Burntmills Road, North Benfleet and Middleton, of no fixed address, were arrested and taken to Basildon Police Station for questioning.
Officers then searched addresses in Long Riding and Danbbury Down and discovered 70 grams of cannabis, 87 grams of cocaine and 8 grams of Methylone.
Mobile phones, scales and other drug paraphernalia were also found.
Essex Police said: "Marshall was charged with possession with intent to supply cocaine, possession with intent to supply cannabis, possession with intent to supply methylone, production of cannabis and possession of a prohibited weapon for the discharge of a noxious liquid, gas or electrical incapacitation device.
"Middleton was charged with possession with intent to supply cocaine, possession with intent to supply cannabis, possession with intent to supply methylone, production of cannabis and possession of a prohibited weapon for discharge of a noxious liquid, gas or electrical incapacitation device.
"Both men pleaded not guilty to the charges and stood trial at Basildon Crown Court. Following a two-week trial, Marshall was found guilty of all three possession with intent to supply charges and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment.
"Middleton was found guilty of all of the possession with intent to supply charges as well as possession of a stun gun and was jailed for six and a half years".
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