Drugs courier jailed

Class A drugs worth £600,000 have been stopped from arriving on the streets of Essex.

Drugs courier Russell Dendle was stopped by officers while transporting the cocaine on April 20.

Dendle was behind the wheel of a blue Ford Focus on the M25 close to the Dartford River Crossing when the stop took place.

During a subsequent search of the car, officers discovered 6kg of cocaine in the boot of the car.

Dendle, of Abbey Close, in Hullbridge, was arrested on suspicion of drug offences and later charged with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

He appeared at Southend Magistrates’ Court the following day and admitted the charges.

The 30-year-old, who claimed to be unemployed but had two summer holidays booked to Spain and Mexico, was sentenced on Wednesday June 29 at Southend Crown Court to four years in prison.

Detective Inspector Yoni Adler, of the Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: “These drugs were destined for the streets of Essex – all £600,000 worth of them.

“But thanks to work of the team, they were seized and stopped from being used to harm and exploit vulnerable people in our communities.”

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Mick Ferris

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