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Ex-Towie star jailed for conspiracy to supply cocaine

Michael Hassini has been jailed for six years and nine months (credit: Met Police)

An ex-Towie star arrested after a kilogram of cocaine was recovered during a stop and search in Emerson Park has been jailed.

Michael Hassini, 27, from Brentwood, was detained in Staverton Road, in April this year after being stopped by officers.

During the same stop, Gary Bear, 23, from Hornchurch was found in possession of a package which held the kilo.

Around £37,000 in cash was found inside Hassini’s vehicle and a subsequent search of Hassini’s home address recovered a further £1,670 in cash, and 304.1 grams of cocaine hydrochloride.

The potential street value of all the drugs seized from Bear and Hassini is an estimated £131,310.

Gary Bear has been jailed (credit: Met Police)

After the pair pleaded guilty in October, they were both sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday, 17 December.

Hassini pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply a Class A controlled drug, namely 999 grams of cocaine hydrochloride, for which he received a six years and nine months sentence.

The 27-year-old also pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A controlled drugs, namely 304.1 grams of cocaine hydrochloride, for which he received four years four months in prison.

He received one year and four months’ imprisonment for possession of criminal property, which was £38,540 in cash.

Hassini will serve the custodial sentences concurrently.

Bear was sentenced to a total of five years and three months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply a class A controlled drug, namely 999 grams of cocaine hydrochloride.

The 23-year-old also pleaded guilty to possession of criminal property, namely £12,200, for which he received 33 weeks in prison.

Bear will also serve the custodial sentences concurrently.

1 kilo of Cocaine found in Bear’s car (credit: Met Police)

Detective Inspector, Dave Williams from the Metropolitan Police Specialist Crime Command said: “The sentences that have been given for these convictions reflect the seriousness of the crimes that have been committed.

“We know that Class A drugs are inextricably linked to the violence we see in London’s streets.

“Those who supply and possess Class A drugs in order to fund exuberant lifestyles mask the reality of the harm these drugs cause to vulnerable people in the capital.

“People concerned in supply can expect the highest levels of investigation from the Specialist Crime Command.

“I hope that today’s result proves the Met’s dedication to tackling violence in our streets at the root cause.”

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