Two sentenced for Class A drug dealing offences in Basildon

Two Class A drug dealers, who supplied heroin and crack cocaine on the streets of Basildon, have been sentenced following another success from Essex Police’s South Operation Raptor team.

Basildon Crown Court heard how the team were patrolling in Long Riding, Basildon on June 25 last year when they became suspicious of a blue Renault Clio being driven by 37-year-old Danny Leach.

Officers watched the car pull up in an area known to be frequented by drug users and dealers.

They stopped the car and carried out a search of Leach and his passenger, convicted drug dealer 38-year-old Dionne Kalebaila.

Officers searched the car and found mobile phones belonging to both Leach and Kalebaila linking them to the supply of crack cocaine and heroin.

The pair were arrested and Lcleach of Brundish, Basildon was charged with being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug.

Kalebaila of no fixed abode was charged with two counts of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

The pair both pleaded guilty to the charges at Basildon Crown Court. The court heard Kalebaila’s conviction is the fourth she has received in the last 10 years for the supply of Class A drugs.

On Tuesday February 11, Leach was given a two year jail term suspended for two years and was ordered to complete a drug rehabilitation programme and was made the subject of a three-month curfew banning him from going out between 4am and 7pm.

Kalebaila was jailed for three years and six months.

Investigating officer, PC Dan Onley of the South Operation Raptor team said: “It was clear that both Leach and Kalebaila were involved in the supply of Class A drugs.

“Kalebaila is a career criminal who has repeatedly been convicted of supplying Class A drugs and her offending has impacted on the lives of the community.
“Operation Raptor is not prepared to allow individuals like her to blight the lives of others or sell drugs on the streets of our county.

“We will persistently target those individuals who think they can come to our county and sell drugs or commit crime, they can’t and we will be waiting for them.”

Essex Police set up Operation Raptor teams in the North, South and West of the county to tackle drug and gang-related crime.

If you have information about drug or gang-related crime in your community contact Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Mick Ferris

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