Loughton: Drug dealer jailed thanks to Op Raptor
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Our Op Raptor officers have succeeded in jailing a man for six years for dealing cocaine in Loughton.
Spencer Smith, 30, entered guilty pleas to offering to supply a controlled drug and possession of criminal property at Chelmsford Crown Court on Thursday 13 May.
He will serve six years for supplying the drugs, and a three-year sentence for possession of criminal property will run concurrently.
Smith, who claimed he fitted blinds for a living, was arrested at his home in Church Hill on 24 January last year.
Our Raptor officers seized seven phones, three Rolex watches, cocaine and cannabis, drug paraphernalia and around £5,000 in cash during the warrant.
A 32-year-old woman, also arrested at the address, has since been told she faces no further action.
Smith will now go through the Proceeds of Crime Act process, in order to identify funds which are the suspected outcome of criminal deeds. These will then be seized.
Detective Sergeant James Paget, of Op Raptor West, said of the result:
“Thanks to the hard work of our officers, Smith will be behind bars for a significant amount of time for his crimes. He had no choice but to enter guilty pleas to these offences due to the evidence we had against him.
“Powdered cocaine is just as dangerous as any other Class A drug. Like everything else, it can still ruin lives and still exploits those with addictions.
“Smith did all of that, without remorse, so that he could fund his lavish lifestyle which, thankfully, won’t be so glamorous for the next few years.”
If you, or someone you know, is struggling with addiction, you can speak to Open Road for help. You can visit www.openroad.org for more information, or call their helpline during the week on 0844 499 1323.