A man caught doing a drug deal by Southend’s Proactive Team has been jailed.
Officers from the team reacted swiftly after members of the public called in about 18-year-old Jorge Mendes dealing drugs in Maldon Road on Monday November 18 this year.
Officers in plain clothes approached Mendes and searched him. They found 48g of drugs – a mixture of crack cocaine and heroin – as well as a machete down the side of his trousers.
They also seized more than £300 in cash and a mobile phone containing message linked to the sale of drugs.
Mendes, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine, as well as possession of a blade in a public place, at Basildon Crown Court on Tuesday December 17.
He was sentenced to three years in prison for each count of possession with intent to supply to run concurrently, and received a three month consecutive sentence for the knife offence.
Sergeant Adam Jarvis, of Southend’s Proactive Team, said: “This was a great result for the team. Not only have we taken a drug dealer off the streets of Southend, but our case gave Mendes no choice but to enter a guilty plea.
“I’d like to thank the members of the public who called us about Mendes – and who continue to do so across Southend with important information.
“I know it can feel frustrating at times, but the more we are able to build up a picture, or get the right circumstances for an arrest, the better chance we have of removing harmful people from your community.
“Drug dealers seek to exploit some of the most vulnerable members of our society, and we won’t stand for it in Southend.”