Westcliff drug dealer jailed

A drug dealer who was found hiding drugs down his trousers after we stopped a car in Southend has been jailed.

Benjamin Gains, 23, of Southview Drive, Westcliff, appeared at Basildon Crown Court on Tuesday January 7 where he received 36 month concurrent sentences for possession with intent to supply cocaine and heroin.

Gains had previously pleaded guilty to the offences at an earlier date.

At around 12.30pm on Thursday December 20, CCTV operators reported having concerns about a suspicious vehicle in Portland Avenue.

The operators followed the vehicle until police arrived and stopped it in the car park of Lidl in Woodgrange Drive.

There were no drugs in the vehicle or on the driver but Gains, who was a passenger in the car was detained.

While in custody, he admitted having the drugs down his trousers concealed between his buttocks. There were 37 wraps in total.
Gains’ phone was seized and was found to contain evidence of drug dealing.

Sergeant Adam Jarvis, of Southend’s Proactive Team, said: “Following some good work from Southend Council’s CCTV operators, we managed to quickly get behind the vehicle.

“Gains kept looking back to us and we believe he was acting suspiciously and we now know why.

“We will do everything we can to detect and disrupt drug dealing within Southend.

“If you’re caught dealing drugs, just like Gains, we will arrest you and put you before a court where you face time locked in a prison cell.”

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Mick Ferris

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