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A man who was stopped with a carrier bag full of drugs in Basildon has been jailed for four years.
Stephen Sayer, 38, of Arne Court, Laindon, was sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on Wednesday December 18.
He had previously pleaded guilty to all four charges against him: supplying crack cocaine, supplying heroin, and possession of both the substances with intent to supply.
Officers from Operation Raptor South had been on patrol in Basildon on Friday November 15 when they saw Sayer walking around the town centre several times that day clutching a carrier bag and in the company of known drug users.
Later that day, at around 3.40pm, the officers were off-duty when they saw him again. They followed him to the Roundacre underpass, where they saw him do a drug deal.
They arrested Sayer and recovered 16 wraps of crack cocaine and nine wraps of heroin from the carrier bag.
Upon sentencing, investigating officer PC Dan Onley of Op Raptor South said: “There are real consequences to dealing drugs in Essex, and I’m glad that Sayer will have time to reflect on that in prison.
“My colleague and I were suspicious of Sayer that day and, even off duty, we followed our instincts.
“There’s no place for drugs in Basildon and, let me be clear, if you deal drugs and cause harm in our community, we will find you and bring you to justice.
“Op Raptor works tirelessly and proactively to identify drug dealers in our county and, if you’re caught dealing by our officers, we’ll always seek to prosecute you as quickly as we can. You will not get away with it.”