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Man gets six years for dealing drugs in Harlow

Crime / Wed 6th Sep 2017 at 06:46am

Bradley Boateng

A DRUG dealer, found with 24 wraps of heroin and a combat knife, has been jailed for six years.

Chelmsford Crown Court heard how members of the Harlow Council Community Safety Team spotted 20-year-old Bradley Boateng in Harlow on May 25 this year. They contacted Essex Police after becoming suspicious that he was dealing drugs.

Officers from the force’s West Operation Raptor team went to the area and spotted Boateng leaving a house in The Briars, Harlow. He was stopped by officers and searched and found to be in possession of a five-inch combat knife.

Officers then carried out a search of the house Boateng had come from where they found £430 in cash, 24 wraps of the Class A drug heroin and various items of drug paraphernalia including scales and a grinder.

A warrant was also executed at Boateng’s home in Fairview Close, Walthamstow where officers found a further £300 in cash, six bags of cannabis and letters making references to gangs.

Boateng was charged and pleaded guilty to possessing a Class B drug, possessing a knife in a public place, possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply and breaching a Criminal Behaviour Order.

He was given a total of six years in prison and the court ordered the forfeiture of the cash, knife and drugs.

Following the sentencing Sgt James Paget of the West Operation Raptor team said: “This case demonstrates partnership working at its best.

“Our colleagues from the Harlow Council Community Safety Team were rightly suspicious of Boateng and told us straight-away enabling us to search him, arrest him and seize a sizeable knife and Class A drugs.

“We have now succeeded in removing a drug dealer, Class A and Class B drugs and a dangerous weapon from the streets of Essex.

“Whether it is our partners or members of the community, we will act on tip-offs about gang and drug-related crime in the community.”

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 or gang-related crime in your community contact Essex police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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