A drug dealer from Southend is beginning a prison sentence of 28 months.
Vaqas Azam of Lornes Close, Southend was sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on August 5, 2016 after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply heroin, possession with intent to supply crack cocaine, possession of cannabis and possession of a knife.
The 22-year-old was arrested in Salisbury Avenue, Southend just after 4pm on June 15, 2016 after officers from Operation Raptor, a team set up to tackle drug dealing gangs, spotted him drop a package wrapped in black plastic on the floor.
Azam was searched and found to be carrying a lock knife and herbal cannabis. The package was seized and found to contain 14 wraps of crack cocaine and 16 wraps of heroin.
Sgt Ashley Holland from the South Operation Raptor team said: “Operation Raptor teams have been set up in the North, South and West Local Policing Areas to deter and disrupt gang members who deal drugs and commit violence in Essex.
“Drug dealing understandably causes unrest in our communities. We are using a variety of tactics to bring drug dealers to justice and will continue to do so. However much of our work is intelligence based so we would ask anyone with information about drug dealing where they live to call us on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
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