A WOMAN who admitted possessing cocaine after a police raid on Canvey has been warned to come back to court “bright and early”... to go to jail.

Karly Lester was one of 12 people arrested during a planned operation over two days last year.

Police officers from Operation Falcon executed four warrants in May last year.

On May 3, the team raided a home in Grafton Road and found a large quantity of cocaine and cannabis.

The 32-year-old, of Grafton Road, was arrested at the scene and later charged with possession with intent to supply Class A and B drugs.

Lester later appeared at magistrates’ court, and then crown court, to admit both charges.

She appeared at Basildon Crown Court yesterday, initially to stand trial for a third count of possessing a prohibited weapon.

However, it was later decided the Crown Prosecution Service would be discontinuing the case into this and the charge will lie on file.

Lester dressed in black and remained impassive throughout the hearing, speaking only to confirm her identity.

The case has been adjourned to allow for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

Recorder Shane Collery QC told Lester: “The drugs matters you pleaded to are significant category three offences.

“It is most unlikely that the court will consider a non-custodial sentence.

“You must make sure that you are here.

“Be back here bright and early on the day. Until then, you are released on bail.”

Lester may face significant time in prison for her offences.

The police operation on Canvey last year saw support from Operation Raptor, Essex Police’s Operational Support Group, Community Policing, special constables, the dog unit, crime scene investigators and Southend’s Proactive Team.

In other addresses including Furtherwick Close, Waarem Avenue, West Crescent, Seventh Avenue and Seaview Road, other amounts of drugs, plus cash and weapons were recovered.

Along with Lester, eight other people were arrested during the raids in connection with various offences.

Anyone with information or concerns about drug crimes on Canvey should call police on 101.

People can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.