Drug dealer jailed for six years

A drug dealer who racially abused a police officer has been jailed for six years.

Jay Tuppein’s DNA had been found on a plastic Kinder Egg capsule containing wraps of Class A drugs which had been seized in the Boscombe Road area of Southend in March.

Through a separate investigation text messages were found between a phone linked to Tuppein and someone else which revolved around the sale of Class A drugs.

When officers went to arrest Tuppein from an address in Ronald Hill Grove, Leigh-on-Sea in June he jumped out of a converted loft, then tried to escape through neighbouring gardens before attempting to hide behind a parked vehicle in Tankerville Drive where he was arrested.

Officers found two mobile phones under the car and found messages on one of them relating to the sale of Class A drugs.

Further mobile phones were found inside the address in Ronald Hill Grove which were linked back to Tuppein and also had messages on them relating to the sale of Class A drugs.

Tuppein, 29, of Octavia Road, Isleworth was taken to hospital for a leg injury sustained during his attempt to evade arrest.

While in hospital he racially abused officers on two different occasions – in one instance for a period of four hours.

On a separate occasion, while still in hospital, he threw a jug of water which hit an officer.

In August he appeared in court to face charges of being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin, two counts of racially aggravated harassment, and two counts of assault by beating of an emergency worker.

He admitted the charges at Basildon Crown Court in September and on Thursday October 3 was jailed for six years.

Investigating officer PC Dan Brand, from Op Raptor South, said: “Jay Tuppein was heavily involved in the sale of Class A drugs in Southend.

“Drugs ruin lives and destroy communities with those affected often being the most vulnerable in society.

“People like Tuppein are a scourge and it’s fantastic to see him put behind bars for a considerable period of time.”

Mick Ferris

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