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Three drug dealers sentenced following police raids in Epping Forest

Drug dealers distributing Class A drugs in Epping Forest and Redbridge have avoided jail. 

They are members of county line gangs that have been moving Class A drugs across the district, according to Essex Police. 

Raids were carried out on five major gangs in November last year, following a six-month investigation. 

It is believed they were making £3,000 a day from selling illegal substances. 

Drug dealers from the gangs were active in Loughton, Buckhurst Hill, Chigwell, Hainault, Limes Farm and Debden. 

Chelmsford Crown Court heard how two 48-year-olds, Glen O’Brien and Barry Gilbody, were part of the drug dealing line “Omar.”

It was revealed that O’Brien, of The Plain, Epping, and Gilbody, of Paley Gardens, Loughton, both sold crack cocaine in Loughton. 

Both admitted to a charge of supplying a Class A drug and were given a two-year jail term suspended for two years.

Another man, Robert White, 32 of New North Road, Hainault, was active in the Limes Farm area of Chigwell and received the same sentence. 

“Every day Operation Raptor are out on the streets of Essex hunting down those people intent on dealing drugs on our streets,” said Detective Seregeant James Paget. 

“Whether it takes us days or months to gather the evidence needed to put these people behind bars, then that is what we will do. We will relentlessly pursue those ruthless criminals as they are not welcome in our county.”

Epping Forest District Council provided £5,000 towards the cost of the policing operation so that Essex Police could build a picture of key gang members.

It began in May 2018 and has since culminated with the execution of 19 warrants and 24 arrests across the district in November 2018. 

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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