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14 March 2017, 06:38
Two drug dealers and a woman who allowed her property to be used as a dealing base have been convicted and sentenced following a successful investigation by Essex Police’s South Operation Raptor team.
Basildon Crown Court heard how officers were in Aspen Court, Laindon dealing with an unrelated incident in July 2015 when they spotted 24-year-old Sam Chambers walk out the back of a property.
Chambers was holding a bag which he tried to conceal when he saw the officers. He was arrested and searched and his bag was found to contain cannabis and 38 wraps of cocaine. The wraps used to hold the cocaine were made from lottery tickets.
Officers then carried out a search of the property Chambers was seen leaving from which belonged to 41-year-old Lisa Copperthwaite.
Inside they found a drug dealer "tick list” which had the names of customers and amounts of money, more cut up lottery tickets ready to be used for wrapping cocaine, cannabis plants and £300 in cash. They also found a makeshift weapon which was a sock containing a snooker ball.
In the garden of the property officers also recovered a stolen motorbike and more cocaine which was hidden under the seat of another motorbike.
Copperthwaite, Chambers and another man inside the property, 25-year-old Thomas Flynn, were all arrested.
Chambers of no fixed abode pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply the Class A drug cocaine and possession of cannabis. He was given a 43-month jail term.
Flynn of Newberry Side, Laindon was found guilty, following a trial, of possession with intent to supply the Class A drug cocaine and possession of cannabis. He was jailed for four years.
Copperthwaite of Aspen Court, Laindon, was found guilty following a trial of being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug and possession of an offensive weapon. She was given a 24-month jail term suspended for two years.