Six people have been charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine and two others with being concerned in the supply of cocaine, following a series of pre-dawn raids across south Essex.
A ninth person has been released under investigation on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis.
Specialist officers from our Disruptor teams, Force Support Unit, Operational Support Group, Dog Section and Op Falcon team were joined by Southend Community Policing Team and the Special Constabulary yesterday, Wednesday 16 March, to execute a series of warrants in Southend, Rochford and Benfleet.
During searches of seven properties and five cars, officers seized 239 wraps and a lump of suspected Class A drugs, together with more than £25,000 in cash and a cannabis cultivation.
Eight people were due to appear at Southend Magistrates’ Court today after having been charged:
Tyler Mihill, 23, of Lancaster Gardens, Rayleigh: conspiracy to supply cocaine and production of cannabis.
Bailey Mihill, 22, of Lancaster Road, Rayleigh: conspiracy to supply cocaine and production of cannabis.
Kingsley Dennis, 44, of Jackdaw Close, Shoeburyness: conspiracy to supply cocaine.
Eren Karagozlu, 29, of Woodlow, Benfleet: conspiracy to supply cocaine.
Michelle Dennis, 42 of Coleman Street, Southend: conspiracy to supply cocaine.
David Cadge, 30, of Carnarvon Place, Southend: conspiracy to supply cocaine and possession of cannabis.
Danny Giggs, 35, of Portland Avenue, Southend: being concerned in the supply of cocaine and possession of cannabis.
Daniel Watkins, 38, of Middle Mead, Rochford: being concerned in the supply of cocaine.
A 51-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis has been released on police bail.
Our inquiries are ongoing.
Our Disruptor Teams
We have three Disruptor Teams covering our county, which focus on identifying, investigating and tackling crimes and anti-social behaviour which impact local communities and on protecting vulnerable people. They work with other local and specialist teams to bring to justice offenders intent on harming our communities.
But they can’t continue this good work without information and we rely on you, the public, to help us so we can continue to help people, keep you safe and target criminality.
Sergeant Adam Jarvis, of South Disruptor, says:
“Drugs and crimes associated with drugs and drug use cause harm to vulnerable people, blight communities and can also lead to more serious types of crime and violence. “South Disruptor is here to tackle this, but we need your help and information to do so. “Please tell us what you know about criminal and anti-social behaviour in your area. Car number plates, names, CCTV and doorbell images are particularly helpful, but any information related to crime and criminality may be useful to us. “Don’t assume we already know.”
Do you have information for us?
We couldn't do these warrants without your help - if you believe someone is involved in drugs or other criminal activity, please report it to us.
We won't tolerate people exploiting vulnerable people in our communities. If it’s a crime in progress, always ring 999.
Otherwise, you can report it online through our Digital 101 service, or even use the 'Live Chat' button to send a message to an online operator between 7am and 11pm. Alternatively, you can ring 101.
You can also contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously online or by calling 0800 555 111.