Drug dealer who exploited young boys in Harlow as “runners” is jailed for seven years
Crime / Sat 23rd Jun 2018 pm30 05:01pm
A DEALER, who ran a county line in Harlow exploiting young people and addicts to sell drugs, has been jailed for nearly seven years.
Neil Anderson, 28, of Paradise Park, Hackney was jailed for six years eight months at Chelmsford Crown Court after pleading guilty to two counts of possession of a
Class A drug with intent to supply and two counts of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.
Chelmsford Crown Court heard how Anderson came to the attention of the West Operation Raptor team in October 2017.
Anderson rang a county line supplying the Class A drugs heroin and crack cocaine. The court heard he would use young boys to act as his ‘runners’ selling and distributing drugs and would also use those with drug addictions for the same purpose.
Anderson also took over the property of a drug addict in Waltham Abbey and used their home as a drug dealing base (a practice known as ‘cuckooing’).
However officers from the West Operation Raptor team began a lengthy investigation into Anderson which culminated in a number of raids.
On April 23 this year the team executed a warrant at Anderson’s partner’s address in Harlow where they found Anderson and also seized £3,000 worth of crack and heroin.
A number of mobile phones were also recovered which were forensically examined and found to contain damning evidence linking Anderson to the supply of Class A drugs.
Warrants were also executed at Anderson’s home in Hackney, East London where drug paraphernalia and crack cocaine were seized and the cuckooed property in Waltham Abbey where more paraphernalia was also found.
Following the sentencing investigating officer PC Jack Etheridge of the West Operation Raptor said: “Our investigation into Anderson left us in no doubt that he was head of the county line he was operating in Harlow and Waltham Abbey
“He ruthlessly exploited young boys and those with drug addictions, preying on their vulnerability in order to get them to sell crack and heroin on the streets of our community.
“Unfortunately for Anderson we watched his every move and spent a year compiling the damning evidence that has secured him a lengthy prison sentence.
“We will continue to relentlessly pursue criminals who, like Anderson, think they can sell drugs on the streets of our county. They can expect a visit from Op Raptor very soon.”
Anderson was jailed on Tuesday June 19 at Chelmsford Crown Court.
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 call Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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