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County line drug dealers sentenced for supplying across Epping Forest

Chad Morris & Jordan Young

Five members of a gang have been sentenced for supplying class A drug across Epping Forest.

Chelmsford Court heard how the gang, known as the ‘Chris’ line used runners to carry out county line drug deals.

They were targeted as part of Essex Police’s Operation Raptor West team during a six-month investigation.

The court heard how Chad Morris, 20 of The Mile End, Walthamstow was one of the key members of the gang. During the investigation Morris was caught dealing crack cocaine in Barfields, Loughton on various occasions in August 2018. He admitted four counts of supplying a Class A drug and was jailed for three years.

The court also heard how 30-year-old Jordan Young from Walthamstow was also a key member. On various occasions in July last year, Young was caught dealing rocks and wraps of the Class A drug crack cocaine. He also admitted a charge of supplying a Class A drug and was jailed for three years.

Three other members of the gang also appeared in court alongside Morris and Young to be sentenced for their part in the drug dealing gang.

20-year-old Salim Adam from Leicester admitted two counts of supplying Class A drugs and was given a two-year jail term suspended for two years.

37-year-old Tom King from Loughton admitted supplying a Class A drug and was also given a two-year jail term suspended for two years.

And 22-year Joel Young from Walthamstow admitted possessing a Class B drug with intent to supply and was given a nine-month jail term suspended for a year.

Following the sentencing Detective Sergeant James Paget of the West Operation Raptor team said: “Following a lengthy investigation we were able to take out the entire “Chris” county line, from Chad Morris and Jordan Young who were the key organisers at the top of the gang, to the runners below them who were physically selling and dealing the drugs on the streets.”

“We remain committed to targeting all those intent on supplying drugs on the streets of our county, from the top of the gang to the bottom.”

“If that means we spend months building a case to take these criminals down then that’s what we will do, Operation Raptor will leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of drug dealing gangs.”

Supported by Epping Forest District Council, who also provided £5,000 towards the cost of the policing operation, Essex Police began investigating five drug dealing gangs operating across Epping Forest District and building a picture on key members in May 2018.

It targeted those alleged to have been involved in the supplying of Class A drugs in Debden, Loughton, Buckhurst Hill, Chigwell, Limes Farm and Hainault.  It is believed the gangs have made up to £3,000 per day from the sale of illegal substances.

Their work culminated in a series of dawn raids in November last year with the execution of 19 warrants and 24 arrests across the district in November 2018.

The operation was jointly led by Essex Police’s West local policing teams and Operation Raptor.

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