A drug dealer has been jailed for five years following an investigation into cocaine supply in Basildon.
Danny Hicks, 32, of London Road, Brandon, appeared at Basildon Crown Court on Wednesday July 22, where he was sentenced to two years for possession with intent to supply cocaine and three years for possession with intent to supply cocaine, to run consecutively.
He received two years for possession with intent to supply cocaine, to run concurrently.
At around 7.20pm on Thursday July 16, 2019, officers saw Hicks driving in Clayhill Road, Basildon. The vehicle was linked to drug dealing and it pulled into the KFC car park in Pitsea.
Police searched Hicks and found a packet of sweets containing lottery tickets filled with cocaine and a ball of cocaine.
Three days later, police executed a warrant at an address in Cherrydown East, Basildon.
Officers found varying amounts of cocaine throughout the property and Hicks was once again detained.
He was released under investigation following both arrests and on Friday September 27 he was arrested for a third time in Hoover Drive, Laindon.
He was found in a vehicle that was stopped by police containing phones that kept ringing.
Hicks was also found in possession of a large sum of cash.
Police carried out a search of a property and found cut lottery tickets, scales, other items associated with the preparation of drugs.
A total of 55 grammes of cocaine was seized from Hicks following his arrests.
DC Natalie Backhouse, of Basildon CID, said: “Hicks continued his drug dealing ways despite knowing he was under investigation by our officers in CID and Op Raptor South.
“However, his actions just meant he received even more time locked in prison.
“We continued to make his life difficult by arresting him, by seizing his equipment, cash and drugs and by carrying out our enquiries into him.
“I’m sure Hicks will now have peace of mind in his prison cell knowing he won’t be bothered by our teams.
“Let this case be a message to other drug dealers, we won’t stop until you are removed off our streets and put before a court.”