A 23-year-old man from Clacton recruited by a London gang to run drugs has been jailed for three years.
Wayne Carter of Flatford Drive, Clacton was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 after pleading guilty to a number of drugs and driving offences.
He was arrested in the same road after officers from Operation Raptor stop checked the Vauxhall Corsa he was driving on March 17, 2016.
They spotted Carter trying to swallow a package containing 34 wraps of heroin but managed to retrieve it from his mouth and arrested him on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and driving while disqualified.
Officers also searched Carter s home and found another package containing 25g of cocaine hidden in a bureau in his bedroom as well as set of digital scales.
Carter was later released on bail pending further investigation until May 18, 2016.
He failed to answer bail but was arrested the same day after Operation Raptor officers attempted to stop the Vauxhall Corsa he was driving in St Johns Road, Clacton at around 11.30am.
Carter drove at excessive speed in attempt to avoid police, driving on the wrong side of the road and overtaking other vehicles dangerously.
Specially trained pursuit officers stopped Carter and he was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and driving while disqualified.
He was charged with all of the offences and appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on May 19, 2016. He later pleaded guilty to all of the offences and was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court.
Carter was sentenced to two years imprisonment for possession with intent to supply crack cocaine, two years imprisonment for possession with intent to supply heroin to run concurrently and three months imprisonment for driving while disqualified also to run concurrently.
Carter received 12 months imprisonment for dangerous driving to run consecutively and three months imprisonment for driving while disqualified to run concurrently.
He was also disqualified from driving for another two years and will have to take an extended test should he wish to drive again after this period.
Operation Raptor teams have been created in the North, South and West Local Policing Areas (LPA) to detect and disrupt gangs who travel to Essex to deal drugs and commit violence.
Pc Richard Philipsen from Operation Raptor in the North LPA said: “I hope this case highlights the myth that gang life is glamorous. It is far from it! Wayne Carter acted as a drugs runner for a London gang. He attempted to deal heroin and crack cocaine in exchange for wages in the form of small amounts of cash, mobile phone credit and meals but now faces a lengthy period of time behind bars.
“Operation Raptor teams are working to bring to justice gang members who think they can travel to Essex to commit their crimes. Drugs and violence associated with them wreck and ruin lives and we will continue to use a variety of tactics to put these people before the courts.
“However much of our work is intelligence led so we need your help. If you have information about gang activity where you live, tell us by calling 101. Anyone who would rather not talk to police can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. You won t have to give your name or go to court to give evidence.