Organised crime group member jailed

A member of an organised crime group involved in the supply of illicit drugs in Chelmsford has been jailed for after officers were able to unequivocally prove he was directing the operation.

Jordan Sweeney was jailed for three years on Thursday May 2, after admitting two counts of being concerned in the supply of Class A and Class B drugs.

Because of the strength of evidence against him, he also accepted he was playing a significant role in the operation, which raised the judge’s starting point for sentencing.

Sweeney was joined in the dock at Chelmsford Crown Court by Reece Turner, who he directed to supply the drugs in the city.

Turner had earlier admitted being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug and two counts of possession with intent to supply and was sentenced to a total of two years in prison, suspended for two years.

The police investigation began when intelligence work carried out identified Sweeney as a person of interest in the supply of drugs.

Officers from the Op Orochi team – which specialises in investigating the supply of illicit drugs in Essex through County Lines gangs or organised crime groups (OCGs) – then adopted the investigation and were able to further identify Turne as the man being directed by Sweeney to deal the drugs.

Both men were subsequently arrested in December during planned warrants.

During a search of Sweeney’s home, officers found a number of mobile phones which were relevant to the investigation and more than £2,000 in cash.

Both men were charged.

Sweeney, 33, of no fixed abode, appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on December 15 having been charged with two counts of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs.

Turner, 19, of Lucerne Way, Writtle, was charged with being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug and two counts of possession with intent to supply.

Police will also be pursuing Sweeney through the proceeds of crime act and an application for a Serious Crime Prevention Order has also been made.

A hearing to determine how both these matters will proceed will be held in September.

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