Southend: Op Raptor shuts down county drugs line – dealer jailed
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A drug dealer has been taken off the streets of Southend by our South Raptor team and today jailed for five years and 218 days.
Dane Dacas, 28, was arrested in his car in London on 17 February 2021 in a pre-planned police operation.
A search of his car revealed 142 wraps of heroin & cocaine and a lock knife. Warrants were then executed on addresses associated with Dacas in London and Southchurch Avenue, Southend, where further wraps of heroin and cocaine were recovered, along with the drugs line ‘burner’ phone and 3 SIM cards.
Investigations showed that Dacas operated the Marlo drug line in Southend and he was charged with possession with intent to supply crack cocaine & heroin, being concerned in the supply of class A drugs and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.
Dacas, of Dunsmure Road, Stamford Hill, London, admitted the offences and was sentenced at Basildon Crown court today, Thursday 10 June 2021, to five years and 218 days for the supply and possession of drugs offences and four months for possession of an offensive weapon, to run concurrently.
Officers from our South Raptor team investigated the case. Detective Sergeant Rob Maile says: “The supply of drugs causes significant harm in our communities and destroys lives.
“We’ve taken another dealer off our streets and stopped a county drugs line from operating in the Southend area.
“We target criminals from the top to bottom of the drugs supply chain, wherever they are based, but we can’t do it without your help so if you have information about drugs dealing or activity in your area, please report it to us.”
Do you have information for us?
Report it online at www.essex.police.uk and use our reporting forms or our Live Chat service, or you can ring 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.
Information can also be given to independent charity Crimestoppers completely anonymously online or by calling 0800 555 111.
Find out more:
- about our work under Operation Sceptre to tackle serious violent crime, including knife and drug-related crime, and how we’re working with partners to tackle the issues behind knife crime, at www.essex.police.uk/opsceptre