Two drug dealers jailed - Epping


Two drug dealers were jailed today, Friday, 13 November 2015, after police seized cocaine with a street value of up to £200,000.

Tommy Green, aged 27, who brought the drugs to a golf centre in Epping, was jailed for 7 years. Lawrence Wood, aged 23, who collected the package, was jailed for 4 years.

Prosecutor Charles Judge told St Albans Crown Court that two months earlier, Green had been seen by police delivering a package to a man in a Berlingo car in a pub car park in Epping, Essex on 12 March this year. When the car was stopped on the M11 in Cambridgeshire officers recovered a black package from under the driver's seat. It contained amphetamine with a street value of between £7,350 and £14,700.

On 22 May, Wood and Green were seen pulling into the Hobbs Cross Golf Centre in Epping in a BMW.  Just under a kilo of cocaine with a street value of between £137,000 and £205,000 was handed over by Green to Wood. Wood was followed to Theydon Bois. When officers went to arrest him, he ran off, but was detained shortly afterwards.

Mr Judge said phone evidence indicated that Green was supplying the cocaine to Wood on behalf of a third party.

Green, of Coxes Farm Road, Billericay, pleaded guilty to supplying amphetamine and conspiracy to supply cocaine. He had been jailed in May 2013 for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and was released in April 2014.

Wood, of Rochford Avenue, Debden, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and to possessing two small amounts of drugs for personal use.

Andrew Turton for Green said he had become involved with drugs again because of his previous court case. On that occasion the police seized £90,000 that he had handed over for what he thought were drugs, but what turned out to be plaster. "When he came out of prison, those whose money it was came after him and he agreed to become involved to pay off the debt. He is in a dreadful position," he said.

For Wood, Sean Minihan said he knew what he was doing, but he said he was a courier who played a lesser role.

Recorder Patrick Fields told them: "You were both willingly involved in drug dealing, which causes misery and destruction to others, for your own benefit."

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