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Southend’s Proactive Team hit the jackpot when they made their 500th arrest.
On Tuesday December 10, 2019, the team carried out a warrant in Randolph Close, Leigh-on-Sea, and found drugs wrapped in Lottery tickets inside.
They seized multiple tickets, scales, and 142.7 grams of cocaine.
The officers also seized phones and found evidence about drug supply – including ticket related coding in connection with their deals.
On Tuesday January 14, William Drogman, 28, of no fixed address, and Thomas Tolliday, 27, of Randolph Close, Leigh-on-Sea, appeared at Basildon Crown Court for possession with intent to supply cocaine.
They admitted the offences and were both sentenced to two years and four months in prison. The drugs, paraphernalia and mobile phones will be destroyed.
PC Harry Hodges, of Southend’s Proactive Team, said: “Drogman and Tolliday were in the living room when we paid them a visit that day and they made attempts to hide phones and bags without success.
“It was clear they had grabbed a load of blank Lottery tickets to help them wrap the cocaine.”
The Southend Proactive Team, which consists of one sergeant and five police constables, was established in October 2018 and today they reached a landmark figure after arresting a man arrested failing to appear at court for impersonating a police officer.