Trio sentenced after investigation into Basildon drugs line

Two brothers who worked together to sell cocaine on the streets of Basildon have been sentenced.

Tai Parsons, 23, and brother Leo Parsons, 19, were sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on Wednesday January 10 after they were linked to the sale of cocaine in Basildon and other parts of the county.

Co-defendant Chloe Taylor, 35, was also sentenced after she admitted her role as a drug user working for the line.

This follows a lengthy investigation into a drug line which advertised cocaine for sale in the Basildon, Stanford le Hope and Corringham areas.

Police linked the holders of two mobile phones with the supply of bulk amounts of cocaine and its onward distribution to users on the streets.

In March 2023, warrants were executed at addresses in Colchester and Basildon.

At the Colchester address, the two Parsons brothers were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply a Class A drug.

Searches uncovered an estimated three-figure sum of cash alongside mobile phones and high-value designer clothing.

At one Basildon address, officers recovered an amount of cocaine, while at a second Basildon address Taylor was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of drugs.

All three defendants later admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

Tai Parsons, of Colchester, was sentenced to five years and six months’ imprisonment.

Leo Parsons, of Colchester, was sentenced to 19 months in a youth offender institution, suspended for two years, with conditions attached to complete 200 hours of unpaid work, a 50-day rehabilitation activity requirement and monitoring requirements.

Taylor, of Basildon, was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with a 30-day rehabilitation activity requirement, drug and mental health requirements attached.