Here are some of the stories of south Essex criminals jailed in the past two weeks.

County Line drug gang

Ten men and a teenage boy involved in a highly profitable cocaine conspiracy have been jailed for over 65 years between them.

The group formed part of a county line drug team known as the “Dave” line, which flooded Southend with the drug from bases in Gravesend and Dartford.

In operation between February and August 2019, it had an annual turnover in excess of £1.5 million before it was brought down by police.

A single phone number was used to interact with customers and the phone received more than 750 calls or texts a day. After an extensive investigation, 11 offenders were brought to court and sentenced in June.

They included three men from the Southend borough who were jailed for a collective seven years.

Braintree and Witham Times:

Timothy Challis, Nathan Ndaba and Raymond Healy

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John Abrahams

A DRUG dealer was caught in Southend sleeping next to a pile of Class A drug wraps.

John Abrahams was found inside a flat in Cluny Square, Southend, where he had also stashed a machete and hundreds of pounds in a safe.

Essex Police’s South Operation Raptor Team raided the flat on March 12. 

He was jailed on Monday for three years.

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