A drug dealer has been jailed for three years and eight months after police found drugs and a knife in his car after they pulled him over in Colchester.
Tuan Le, of Homerton Road, Stratford, was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday, May 31, for possession of heroin and cocaine with intent to supply, possession of cannabis and possession of a knife.
Le, 27, who admitted all the offences, was given 40 months for the possession with intent to supply drugs offences, to run concurrently, and an additional four months for possession of a bladed article. He received no separate penalty for possession of cannabis.
At around 12.15pm on Tuesday, May 2, Le was stopped while driving a vehicle in Hawkins Road.
He was found to have 42 wraps of heroin and 24 wraps of cocaine, weighing 7.62 grams, in his jeans along with a lock knife.
In his car, which has been forfeited to police, officers from Colchester’s Community Policing Team found a four-figure sum of cash and 2.25 grams of cannabis.
Investigating officer Pc Joseph Daunt said: “Le was clearly actively dealing drugs in the Colchester area and initially refused to cooperate after being pulled over by police. His lengthy sentences reflect the seriousness with which both Essex Police and the courts view those who supply drugs on our streets.
“This sentence sends out a strong message that we will not tolerate drug dealing in our communities. Le can now face the consequences of his actions locked in a prison cell.”