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Two more people have been charged with alleged drugs offences as part of an operation to target criminals involved in drugs gangs in Clacton.
The arrests were part of a seven-month operation.
Clint Mason, 46, of Ramplings Avenue, Clacton, was arrested yesterday and has been charged with two counts of possession of heroin and two counts of possession of cocaine.
He admitted the charges when he appeared at Colchester Magistrates’ Court today, Friday 14 February, and was given a community order. He must complete 40 hours of unpaid work and was ordered to pay £105 costs and a £90 victim surcharge.
The drugs will be destroyed.
Robert Chapman, 42, of no fixed address, was arrested yesterday and has been charged with four counts of possession of heroin and two counts of possession of cocaine.
He is due to appear at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 17 March.
A third man, a 36-year-old from Clacton, was arrested on Wednesday 12 March on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class drugs and supplying controlled drugs. He has been released on bail until Monday 9 March.
Fourteen people were arrested last week during drugs raids at addresses in Clacton, Colchester, Braintree and London on Thursday 6 February.
Tuesday 11 February
Seven men have appeared in court for alleged drugs offences following a series of dawn raids across Clacton, Colchester, Braintree, and London.
The warrants were carried out early on Thursday 6 February and a total of 14 people were arrested.
Daron Noel, 42, of Lyndhurst Road, Holland-on-Sea, is charged with three counts of supplying heroin and two counts of supplying crack cocaine.
Owen Carter, 18, of Tony Rawson Way, Dagenham, is charged with being concerned in supplying heroin and crack cocaine, and possession of cannabis.
Tony Dove, 35, of Elm Grove, Clacton, is charged with two counts of supplying heroin and two counts of supplying crack cocaine.
They appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Friday 6 February and are next due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday 6 March.
Kenneth Blinkho, 30, of Dudley Road, Clacton, appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Friday charged with two counts of supplying heroin and one count of supplying crack cocaine. He is next due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday.
Timothy Miller, 44, of Wellesley Road, Clacton; Kwame Banahene, 23, of John Ruskin Street, Lambeth; and Richard Mensah, 30, of South Countess Road, Walthamstow, are each charged with two counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs between 1st September 2019 and 6th February 2020. Mensah is also charged with possession of class B drugs.
They appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Saturday 8 February and are next due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday 6 March.
An eighth person, Timothea Hutchinson, 42, of London Road, Clacton, has also been charged with two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. A court date has yet to be set.
Friday 7 February
Eight people have been charged following a series of dawn raids in Clacton, London, Colchester and Braintree yesterday.The warrants were carried out as part of a seven-month-long investigation into county lines drugs gangs.
In total 14 people were arrested while suspected Class A drugs, cash, and a stun gun were seized.
We have now charged eight people with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
They are: • Kenneth Blinkho, 30, of Dudley Road, Clacton; • Daron Noel, 42, of Lundhurst Road, Holland-on-Sea; • Owen Carter, 18, of Tony Rawson Way, Dagenham; • Tony Dove, 35, of Elm Grove, Clacton; • Richard Mensah, 30, of South Countess Road, Walthamstow; • Kwame Banahene, 23, of John Ruskin Street, London SE5; • Tim Miller, 44, of Wellesley Road, Clacton; • Timothea Hutchinson, 42, of London Road, Clacton.
Blinkho, Noel, Carter, and Dove are all due to appear at Colchester Magistrates’ Court today (Friday 7 February) and Mensah, Banahene, Miller, and Hutchinson are all due to appear at the same court tomorrow (Saturday 8 February).
Three people – a man and two women – have been released under investigation, while a man and a woman have been released on bail until 4 March and another woman has been released on bail until 2 March.
Thursday 6 February
Thirteen people have been arrested and two county lines have been taken out during a series of dawn raids in Clacton, London, Colchester and Braintree today, Thursday 6 February.
It is the culmination of a seven-month-long operation to target criminals involved in county lines drugs gangs. Warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act were executed at several addresses in Clacton the early hours of this morning. Warrants were also carried out in London, Colchester and Braintree.
Suspected class A drugs, a four figure sum of cash and a stun gun have been seized.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Wells said: “A team of detectives has been working over the last seven months to gather evidence against criminals selling illegal drugs and exploiting vulnerable people in our communities.
“Today the residents of Clacton have seen the result of that hard work as nearly 100 specialist officers forced entry to addresses in a series of ‘dawn raids’, arresting suspects and searching for drugs, cash, weapons and other evidence.
“This operation is an example of the extensive and varied work that officers are doing every day to make Essex a hostile place for criminals who seek to sell drugs and exploit vulnerable people in our communities.
“We are committed to doing everything we can to take robust action against these criminal groups and any other individuals who try to fill the gap left by county lines that we dismantle.”
Thirteen people were arrested at addresses in Highfields Caravan Park, Wellesley Road, St Johns Road, Coppins Road, Robertson Close, and Dudley Road all in Clacton; Lyndhurst Road in Holland-on-Sea; Purvis Way in Colchester; Martens Meadow in Braintree; John Ruskin Street, in Kennington, London, South Countess Road, Walthamstow; Tony Rawson Way, Dagenham.
Today’s operation was part of our ongoing work under Operation Sceptre to tackle serious violent crime in public places, particularly knife crime.
DCI Wells said: “The term ‘county lines’ refers to the trafficking of drugs - typically crack cocaine and heroin - from major cities into smaller towns and rural areas.
“Drugs gangs prey on the vulnerable, using exploitation, grooming and the threat of violence to manipulate and control.
“We work closely with other organisations to support vulnerable people who are affected by gangs and county lines. We do this through a range of means, including education, rehabilitation, and diversionary activities.
“It’s about showing people there are alternative directions to take their lives in, and about helping them to do that.
“With today’s operation in particular, we are working with Open Road; a drug and alcohol recovery support charity. They will support people directly affected. We also urge anyone else who is in a similar situation and would like help and support, to please contact them.
Information from the public is vitally important in helping us take this crime and exploitation off our streets.
If you know of someone who you think is being exploited by drug dealers, or you have any information which might help us prevent and detect crime, or protect vulnerable people, call us on 101.
Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org