A dealer who tried to hide the drugs he was carrying under a car has been jailed for five years.
Jordan Kasongo of Dickens Road, Wolverhampton, was arrested on October 26, 2015 after officers from Operation Raptor, a team set up to tackle drug dealing gangs, spotted him acting suspiciously in an alleyway in Clayburn Circle, Basildon.
As officers attempted to stop the 20-year-old at around 6pm, he made off and was spotted attempting to conceal a small package under a parked car.
The package was found to 29 wraps of heroin and 27 wraps of crack cocaine.
Kasongo was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and released on bail pending further enquiries.
When Kasongo failed to answer bail he was arrested at his home address in Wolverhampton and charged with possession with intent to supply heroin, possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and failing to answer bail.
Kasongo had previously been charged with drugs offences after being arrested in Stratford upon Avon on September 19, 2015. Officers found him to be in possession of 22 wraps of crack cocaine.
He appeared at Warwick Crown Court on August 23, 2016 where he was sentenced for both the Basildon and Stratford cases.
Kasongo was sentenced to a total of five years imprisonment and an order was made for the drugs to be destroyed.
Sgt Ben Woollard from Operation Raptor in the South Local Policing Area: “I am pleased that another drug dealer has been taken off the streets of Essex. Kasongo came to Essex with a plan to sell heroin and crack cocaine but thanks to eagle-eyed officers who spotted his suspicious behaviour, he is now serving a lengthy sentence behind bars.
“Operation Raptor teams have been set up in each the North, South and West Local Policing Areas to detect and disrupt drug dealing gangs who come to Essex to deal drugs and cause violence. The teams are committed to making a difference. However much of our work is intelligence based so we would ask anyone with information about drug dealing where they live to tell us by calling 101. Anyone who would rather not speak to police can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
You can keep up with the work of the Operation Raptor teams by following @OpRaptorSouth, @OpRaptorNorth and @OpRaptorWest on Twitter.