Basildon drug-dealers jailed after using lottery tickets to package Class A drugs

By YA Reporter in Crime

TWO MEN have been jailed after they were caught dealing Class A drugs in Basildon.

Sam Chambers, 24, of no fixed abode, and Thomas Flynn, 25, of Newberry Side in Laindon, were sentenced at Basildon Crown Court last week.

A third defendant – Lisa Copperthwaite, 41, of Aspen Court, Laindon, was sentenced alongside them for being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs, but avoided jail.

The court heard how officers from Essex Police were responding to an unrelated incident in Aspen Court in July 2015 when they spotted Chambers walking out the back of a property.

He was holding a bag, which he tried to hide when he spotted the officers nearby. They arrested him, searched the bag and found cannabis and 38 wraps of cocaine.

The wraps had been made out of lottery tickets.

Officers then searched the property Chambers had walked out of, which belonged to Copperthwaite.

Inside they found cannabis plants, more lottery tickets which had been cut up to make more wraps, £300 cash and a ’drug-dealer tick list, which had the names of customers and amounts of money’.

They also found a snooker ball inside a sock, which they concluded was a ’makeshift weapon’.

In the garden they found a stolen motorbike, and a second motorbike with more cocaine hidden under the seat.

Inside the property were Copperthwaite and Flynn. All three were arrested.

Chambers pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply and possession of cannabis. He was jailed for 43 months.

Flynn was convicted, following a trial, of the same offences and was jailed for four years.

Copperthwaite was convicted, after a trial, of being concerned in the supply by allowing her property to be used as a ’drug-dealing base’. She was also convicted of possessing an offensive weapon. She was given a 24-month prison term, suspended for two years.

DC Adam Blackwell, of Essex Police’s specialist drug-dealing squad Operation Raptor, said: “I hope this case sends another clear message to both those involved in drug-dealing and the wider community that Essex Police will continue to target those perpetuating this crime.”

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