Drug dealer snared in town park jailed for five years

Crime / Mon 25th Sep 2017 at 03:07pm


A DRUG dealer from London who visited Harlow 14 times in just one month to ply his trade has been jailed for more than five years.

Ryan Findlay, 25, was stopped by officers from the West Operation Raptor team on Tuesday August 15 in a car on School Lane, Harlow. The vehicle was suspected of being linked to drug dealing.

The officers approached the car and arrested Findlay. He was taken into custody where he was found to have 33 rocks of the Class A drugs crack cocaine and heroin.

Officers then carried out a search of Findlay’s home in Isledon Road in Holloway, London where they found cannabis, money and various drug paraphernalia.

Analysis of Automated Number Plate Recognition cameras in the Harlow area showed that Findlay had travelled to Harlow 14 times in the month before his arrest.

He was charged with two counts of possessing a Class A drug with intent to supply and a further charge of possessing the Class B drug cannabis.

Findlay pleaded guilty to the charges at Chelmsford Crown Court and was jailed for five years and nine months.

Following the sentencing Sgt James Paget of the West Operation Raptor said: “We will not tolerate anyone dealing drugs on the streets of our county, let alone people travelling in from other areas expressly for that reason.

“Findlay was routinely travelling to Harlow from London to ply his trade on the streets of our county.

“What he didn’t bank on was the fact that Operation Raptor were one step behind him and it was only a matter of time before he was in our cells.

“The sentence handed out by the judge reflects the severity with which both Essex Police and our criminal justice partners take those involved the supply of drugs.

“Operation Raptor will continue to ensure that drug dealers have no place to hide in Essex.”
Essex Police set up Operation Raptor teams in the North, South and West of our county to target those involved in drug and gang-related crime.

Anyone with information about drug or gang-related crime can contact Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Findlay was sentenced on Wednesday September 13.

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