Two dealers have been sentenced for a collective total of more than six years for dealing Class A drugs.
Basildon Crown Court heard how officers from the South Operation Raptor team were patrolling in Basildon on June 29 last year when they came across a silver Volvo linked to the supply of drugs.
The vehicle travelled to the Butneys area where the occupants were observed carrying out what is believed to be drug deals.
The car was then followed to High Road, Vange where officers stopped it and approached the two men inside, 22-year-old Kyle Poyer-Emmanuel and 27-year-old Thomas Warwick.
The car was searched and officers found five mobile phones, a sim card and knotted plastic commonly used to package drugs.
Warwick of High Street, Shoeburyness then disclosed to officers that he was concealing a mobile phone, cannabis and other items in his bottom. He was taken to hospital where the items were recovered. Poyer was found to have £75 in cash and forensic analysis of the recovered phones linked the pair to the supply of Class A drugs.
Poyer-Emmanuel of Portia Way in Mile End, East London was found guilty of two counts of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs. He was jailed for 30-months.
Warwick of High Street, Shoeburyness pleaded guilty to one count of being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug and one count of possessing a Class B drug. He was jailed for 46-months.
Following the sentencing PC Dan Onley of the South Operation Raptor team said: “People often have the misguided perception that a life of drug dealing may be glamourous.
“This case demonstrates the opposite is true, just like Warwick you will be expected to courier drugs and sometimes that involves concealing them inside your body at great personal risk to yourself.
“And when Operation Raptor catches up with you, which always happens, you can expect to spend a lengthy spell behind bars.
“We will not tolerate people coming to our county to attempt to sell drugs on our streets and it’s a matter of time before we arrest 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.
Warwick and Poyer-Emmanuel were sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on Friday February 1.