Two Essex drug dealers jailed - Great Dunmow

13/01/2015

A visit to the car park of the Kick and Dickey pub in Great Dunmow in Essex proved costly for two men.

The pair, Patrick Carroll and Barry Murphy had arranged to meet there for a cocaine deal. But what they didn't know was that police had their every move under surveillance.

Officers were able to see the moment Murphy handed over a carrier bag containing £44,130  to Carroll, who then gave him a block of high purity cocaine. The pair were seen to shake hands, but a short while later both were arrested.

Today, Tuesday, 13 January 2015, at St Albans Crown Court they paid the price when Carroll, a thirty-year-old married man with three young children was jailed for six years. Murphy, aged 56, a married man with two grown up children was jailed for five years and four months.

Carroll of Templar Road, Braintree in Essex pleaded guilty to supplying a controlled drug of class A to another, possessing Class A drugs and possessing criminal property - the money handed to him that day by his co-defendant.

Murphy of Perryfields, Braintree pleaded guilty to possessing the block of cocaine handed to him by Carroll and 97 grams of cannabis.

Sally Mealing-McLeod prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) told the court how on the afternoon of 20 November last year the two men arranged to meet in the Kick and Dickey pub car park in Ongar Road, Great Dunmow. The pair had no idea they were under surveillance and Carroll was observed driving into the car park and parking his Ford S-Max next to Murphy's Mercedes car. Not long afterwards the pair were observed doing the deal in which Murphy handed over the money in return for the cocaine which he put into the boot of his car.

The cocaine handed to Murphy weighed 1.19 kilograms and was of high purity at 81 per cent. It had been estimated that if cut and sold in street deals, it could have been worth between £160,000 and £240,000.

Carroll was stopped and arrested as he drove away from the car park and police recovered a second block of cocaine in his car of a similar weight and purity.

Judge Andrew Bright QC, hearing the case, said he rejected claims by the men that they had been simply couriers that day. He said the fact that the cocaine was of such a high purity indicated they had to be close to those involved in the importation into the UK of the drugs and were "trusted confidants" of those at the top of the chain.

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