Sunday, January 29, 2023

South Ockendon drug dealer jailed for more than two years

A DRUG dealer, who threw £1,200 of Class A drugs from a window as officers raided his home, has been jailed for more than two years.

Basildon Crown Court heard how, acting on intelligence, officers from the West Operation Raptor team executed a warrant at a property in Galey Green South Ockendon.

Ekaria

As officers forced open the front door a Skittles bag was thrown from the living room window containing 70 wraps of crack cocaine and 50 wraps of heroin, with a combined street value of £1,200.

Officers arrested 20-year-old Samuel Ekairia on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

During a search of the property police also seized a samurai sword, an axe, various mobile phones and drug dealing paraphernalia including deal bags, plastic gloves, weighing scales.

Ekairia of Broxburn Drive, South Ockendon pleaded guilty to possessing a Class A drug with intent to supply when he appeared at Basildon Crown Court and was jailed for 28-months.

Following the sentencing investigating officer PC Melanie Platt of the West Operation Raptor team said: “It’s clear from the volume of heroin and crack cocaine found at the property, that Ekairia was involved in the supply of Class A drugs.

“This is also supported by the fact that he was found with an axe and samurai sword.

“Drug dealers will often have an array of weapons because, far from being glamorous, that is the reality of their world, they will face violence or the threat of it from rival dealers.

“Fortunately we made sure in this case that those weapons and drugs never reached the streets of our county and Ekairia is now behind bars where he belongs.”

Essex Police set up Operation Raptor teams in the North, South and West of the county to tackle drug and gang-related crime.

If you have information about drug or gang-related crime in your community contact Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Ekairia was sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on Wednesday June 26.

1 COMMENT

  1. Why can’t they move all these drug dealers living in South Ockendon council properties into one block. That way they can all drive each other mad and leave the rest of us in peace.

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