A drug dealer found hiding more than 120 wraps of class A drugs in his underwear is beginning a three year prison sentence.
Leon Appiah of Penerley Road, Rainham was arrested after officers stopped the car he was driving on Suffolk Avenue, Leigh at around 11.45am on September 8, 2016.
Checks revealed the 18-year-old to be driving without a valid insurance and he was taken into custody.
Officers from Operation Raptor suspected Appiah to be concealing drugs and discovered two packages containing class A drugs hidden in his underwear.
Tests revealed 81 wraps containing 16 grams of crack cocaine and 40 wraps containing nine grams of heroin.
Appiah was charged with one count of possession with intent to supply crack cocaine, one count of possession with intent to supply heroin and driving without insurance.
He pleaded guilty to all of the offences and was sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on November 23, 2016.
Appiah was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and three years’ imprisonment for possession with intent to supply heroin to run concurrently. He was also disqualified from driving for two years.
An order was also made for drugs seized upon his arrest to be destroyed and the £195 cash he was carrying to be seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Operation Raptor teams have been created in the North, South and West Local Policing Areas (LPAs) to detect and disrupt gangs who travel to Essex to deal drugs and cause violence.
Pc Ian Patterson from Operation Raptor South said: “Leon Appiah attempted to evade arrest by giving police false details. However officers saw through his lies and he is now behind bars for a substantial period of ti