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Jailed: Collier Row drug dealer caught with more than £9,000 in cash

PUBLISHED: 12:15 13 December 2019

Joseph Ithua from Collier Row has been jailed for supplying Class B drugs. Picture: Anthony Devlin / PA Images.

Joseph Ithua from Collier Row has been jailed for supplying Class B drugs. Picture: Anthony Devlin / PA Images.

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A Collier Row cannabis dealer has been jailed for supplying Class B drugs and possessing criminal property that is commonly used to grow cannabis.

Joseph Ituah, 20, from Hainault Road was jailed for eight months at Basildon Crown Court on Monday, December 2 for supplying Class B drugs.

The court heard how officers were patrolling in Faymore Gardens, South Ockendon on Tuesday, October 29 when they became suspicious of a Ford Fiesta.

Ituah's car was stopped and police could smell a strong smell of the Class B drug cannabis.

They searched the 20-year-old and the vehicle and found more than £9,000 in the driver's side footwell.

Inside the boot of the vehicle officers also found a large bag containing hydroponic lamps and fans commonly used to grow the Class B drug.

Officers also seized mobile phones containing evidence of Ituah's involvement in the supply of cannabis.

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A later search of his home in Hainault Road led to the discovery of remnants of cannabis all over one of the rooms.

Ituah was arrested and charged with being concerned in the supply of Class B drugs and acquiring criminal property.

He pleaded guilty to the charges at Basildon Crown Court and was jailed for eight months.

A 17-year-old boy from Romford was also arrested at the time but cannot be named for legal reasons.

He pleaded guilty to possessing a Class A drug and was made the subject of a youth rehabilitation order and ordered to take part in a substance misuse programme.

Following the sentencing investigating officer Pc Emma Ridings of the West Operation Raptor team said: "It was clear, both from the money found in Ituah's vehicle and evidence found on his phone, that he was heavily involved in the supply of the Class B drug cannabis.

"The sale and supply of all drugs involves violence, exploitation and criminality which is why every day Operation Raptor are out on the streets of Essex targeting, arresting and locking up those involve in these types of offences.

"But we can't do this alone and we need you, our communities, to tell us who is dealing what and where so we can continue to arrest those intent on selling harmful drugs on our streets."

If you have information about drug or gang-related crime in your community contact Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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