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Harlow man jailed for six years after caught with £900,000 worth of drugs

Crime / Thu 12th May 2022 am31 07:46am

A HAUL of Class A drugs worth about £1m has been stopped from reaching the streets of Essex.

Charlie Lancaster, 38, was driving a black Renault Master van on the A13 at Stanford-le-Hope on Tuesday 22 February when he was stopped by roads officers as part of a routine operation.

When he got out of the vehicle, he was asked if there was anything in the vehicle that officers should be aware of, to which he replied: “Well, look, yeah. There is some stuff in there – under the seat.” 

When the vehicle was searched, officers found nine 1kg blocks of cocaine and heroin.

Drug experts found the blocks in their current state would be valued at least £300,000. When sold on the street, experts said the drugs would be worth significantly more than £900,000. 

Lancaster, of Woodcroft, in Harlow, was then arrested on suspicion of a number of offences. 

He was subsequently questioned on his knowledge of the drugs and where he had picked them up and where they were going. 

He told officers he had been paid £100 to transport the items and had no idea what they were. Officers did not believe this and put it to him that he knew what he was transporting, and he had been paid £1,000 to do so. 

Lancaster was charged with possession with intent to supply cocaine, possession with intent to supply heroin and possession of criminal property. 

He admitted the charges at Southend Crown Court on March 24 and was sentenced at the same court on Tuesday 10 May.

He was handed a total of six years in jail. The drugs and cash were seized and have been destroyed.

Detective Sergeant Leo Fordham, of our Serious and Organised Crime Unit, led our investigation.

He said: “This was a sizeable seizure of drugs which were undoubtedly destined for the streets of Essex. 

“We know all too well the harm that drugs cause, both to those who take them and those involved in the supply of them. 

“People such as Lancaster and his associates do not see that; they see preying on vulnerable people as an opportunity to make money and further their own interests.”

He added: “Thankfully, we have been able to seize a significant amount of Class A drugs and they have been destroyed and Lancaster will spend an appropriate amount of time in jail for his part in the operation.” 

Essex Police has a number of teams dedicated to tackling drugs and the high harm they cause in our community including our Disruptor and Op Raptor teams as well as our Serious and Organised Crime Unit.

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4 Comments for Harlow man jailed for six years after caught with £900,000 worth of drugs:

Ian G
2022-05-12 12:25:54

He used to come in our pub.

Johnny
2022-05-12 18:06:11

The money that drugs are worth is staggering... 900k!?!...all that to turn into a gurning paranoid zombie!

Jacy
2022-05-12 18:54:54

Hopefully the people selling drugs on our estate ! won't be selling them this weekend & we other tentents won't have to put up with the people who come & go to buy them! as hopefully they won't have been supplied with them to do so. Great stuff catch all the scums & rats & all involved put them away for ever or they will only come back & do it all again as these people are WEAK & cannot say NO to this SHIT...what a misserable life they must have to either take it sell it or what ever they do with it, can't think much of themselves or their bodies as it will kill them in the end & sooner the better f.....g idiots.

Tap66
2022-05-12 20:53:53

"The drugs and cash were seized and have been destroyed." I hope they didn't destroy the cash!

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