Drug dealer jailed for nearly five years after police uncover kilo block of cocaine and £50,000 in cash

Joe Lee, 29, was jailed for five years after police disovered a kilo block of cocaine in his caravan

Joe Lee, 29, was jailed for five years after police disovered a kilo block of cocaine in his caravan. Picture: ESSEX POLICE - Credit: Archant

A man from north Essex found with a kilo of cocaine worth £30,000 has been jailed for nearly five years.

Police uncovered £50,000 at the property. Picture: ESSEX POLICE

Police uncovered £50,000 at the property. Picture: ESSEX POLICE - Credit: Archant

Joe Lee of Cranham Road, Little Waltham pleaded guilty to possessing a Class A drug with intent to supply at Chelmsford Crown Court.

The court heard that officers conducted a search of the 29-year-old’s caravan in Cranham Road, where they found a kilo block of cocaine. During searches of a neighbouring hut they found a bag full of cash and more money buried underground – totalling around £50,000.

Lee was arrested and charged and pleaded guilty when he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court last week.

He was jailed for four years and eight months.

The kilo block of cocaine had an estimated worth of £30,000. Picture: ESSEX POLICE

The kilo block of cocaine had an estimated worth of £30,000. Picture: ESSEX POLICE - Credit: Archant


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A spokesperson for Essex Police said: “It is clear that with the amount of drugs and cash found in Lee’s property he was clearly involved in the supply of the Class A drug cocaine.

“Thankfully Lee is now behind bars and the drugs will not be reaching the streets of Essex.

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“We hope this case serves an example to the community that where we are made aware of any sort of criminality in the community we will act on that information.

“Information and intelligence from the community are absolutely vital in our fight against organised crime.”

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