A 16-year-old from London is beginning a prison sentence after attempting to conceal more than 100 wraps of class A drugs within his body.
The boy, who can t be named, was arrested by officers from Operation Raptor after they executed a search warrant at an address in Jermaynes, Laindon on April 26, 2016.
He was found to be carrying a large amount of cash, two mobile phones and officers suspected he was concealing drugs. However he denied the offence and refused an xray.
Officers were given an extension to keep him in custody and the following day he passed a cling film wrap which was found to contain 73 wraps of crack cocaine and 61 wraps of heroin.
He was charged with possession with intent to supply heroin and possession with intent to supply cocaine and appeared at Basildon Magistrates Court on the morning of April 28, 2016.
The boy pleaded guilty to both offences and was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for each to run concurrently at Southend Magistrates Court on May 16, 2016.
Investigating Officer Dc Mark Morgan-Jones, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “Drug dealing gangs exploit and prey on the vulnerable. This boy is only 16 but is now beginning a prison sentence for serious drugs offences after being targeted by a gang to deal drugs on their behalf. He was found to be dealing cocaine and heroin with an estimated street value of between £1340 and £1950.
“Drugs wreck and ruin lives and we will continue to target those who travel to Essex to deal them.
Anyone with information about drug dealing where they live can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.