Two men have been jailed after police recovered cocaine valued at around £100,000 and two firearms.
Officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate found a kilo of cocaine in a carrier bag, the handguns, a silencer and more than 200 bullets when they carried out a search warrant at an address in Elsenham in September last year.
The following month, Bradley Small was arrested in Valley Road, Billericay. Officers found a further kilo of cocaine and £35,000 in cash at a property in the street and arrested Callum Zimbler.
Small, 28, unemployed, of Broomhills Chase, Little Burstead, was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to supply, two counts of possession of a prohibited firearm, possession of a firearm without a certificate and possession of ammunition without a certificate.
He admitted the charges last month and was jailed for eight years in total at Basildon Crown Court today, Wednesday January 18.
He was sentenced to five years for the firearms possession charges and six months for possession of a firearm without a certificate, all to run concurrently. He was also jailed for 12 months for possession of the ammunition, to run consecutively, and two years for the drugs charge, also to run consecutively.
Zimbler, 26, a bricklayer, of Valley Road, Billericay, was charged with possession of class A drugs with intent to supply and possession of criminal property, relating to the money seized.
He admitted the charges in November and was sentenced at Basildon Crown Court today to four-and-a-half years for the drugs and 12 months, to run concurrently, for the second charge. Investigating officer Detective Constable Jonathan Williams said: “This has been a complex investigation which has led to the firearms and cocaine valued at around £100,000 being taken off the streets where they could have caused serious harm to our communities.
“We are constantly working to dismantle the criminal activities of organised crime groups operating within our county and today’s sentences show they are not beyond the law.
“I encourage anyone who has any information about drug dealing or the illegal possession of firearms to contact us so we can bring these criminals to justice.”
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