Teenage drug dealer jailed for 32 months
A TEENAGE drug dealer caught with 37 rocks of crack cocaine and heroin nearly £1,000 in cash has been jailed for more than two and a half years.
Chelmsford Crown Court heard how officers were patrolling in Westfield, Harlow on January 9 this year when they spotted a known drug users lurking near a garage area.
Moments later they spotted 18-year-old Liam Harridance who ran off when he saw the officers.
They caught up with him and found a package which he had discarded during the chase which contained 37 rocks of the Class A drug which had an estimated street value of £690. He had also dropped
Officers also recovered a mobile phone linked to drug supply and Harridance had £450 in cash in his coat pocket and a further £500 in his left shoe.
Harridance now of HMP Wandsworth was arrested and charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug and possession of criminal property. He pleaded guilty to the charges at Chelmsford Crown Court and was jailed for 32-months.
Following the sentencing Det Sgt James Paget of the West Operation Raptor team said: “Harridance should be spending his teenage years making the most of his life and out with his friends.
“Instead he is behind bars because he was sadly mistaken when he thought drug dealing was a glamorous lifestyle and an easy way to make money – it isn’t.
“Our message is clear, if you think you can come to Essex and attempt to deal drugs on our street, Operation Raptor will be waiting for you and you can expect to end up behind bars.”
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 and gang-related crime in your community contact Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.