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Drug dealer in Loughton jailed following police operation

Spencer Smith was arrested in January last year (credit: Essex Police)

A drug dealer in Loughton has been jailed for six years following a police operation.

Spencer Smith was arrested at his home in Church Hill on Friday, 24 January last year as part of ‘Op Raptor.’

The 30-year-old, who initially claimed he fitted blinds for a living had phones, drugs, rolex watches and cash seized from his address.

At Chelmsford Crown Court on Thursday, 13 May, he pleaded guilty to offering to supply a controlled drug and possession of criminal property.

He will serve six years for supplying the drugs, and a three-year sentence for possession of criminal property will run concurrently.

A 32-year-old woman, also arrested at the address, has since been told she faces no further action.

Smith will now go through the Proceeds of Crime Act process, in order to identify funds which are the suspected outcome of criminal deeds. These will then be seized.

Detective Sergeant James Paget, of Op Raptor West, said of the result: “Thanks to the hard work of our officers, Smith will be behind bars for a significant amount of time for his crimes.

“He had no choice but to enter guilty pleas to these offences due to the evidence we had against him.

“Powdered cocaine is just as dangerous as any other Class A drug. Like everything else, it can still ruin lives and still exploits those with addictions.

“Smith did all of that, without remorse, so that he could fund his lavish lifestyle which, thankfully, won’t be so glamourous for the next few years.”

If you, or someone you know, is struggling with addiction, you can speak to Open Road for help.

For more information head to their website or call their helpline during the week on 0844 499 1323.

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