Elswick drug dealer found with Class A drugs hidden inside chocolate packaging

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Connor Briggs was sentenced to three years imprisonment.

A drug dealer found with a large quantity of Class A drugs, which were hidden inside of chocolate confectionery packaging has been sentenced to a three-year jail term.

Officers from Northumbria Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Investigation Team apprehended Connor Briggs at a property in Newcastle early on December 7 last year.

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After the search of the address, officers found a large quantity of crack cocaine hidden inside of a Kinder Egg chocolate packaging, as well as a total of £5,260 in cash and a burner phone with a deal line.

Briggs also admitted a further count of possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply and possession of criminal property in relation to offences which occurred on May 18 last year and was remanded in custody.

22-year-old Connor Briggs, of Elswick, appeared at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on December 8, where he pleaded guilty to possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply and possession of criminal property.

At Newcastle Crown Court on Thursday (January 5), Briggs was sentenced to three years in prison.

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Speaking after Briggs was sentenced, Detective Sergeant Chris Johnson, of Northumbria Police, said: “We hope that this case serves as a reminder to anyone looking to make money from selling illicit substances in our communities that you will be vigorously pursued by our teams.

“Tackling organised crime as part of Operation Sentinel remains one of our top priorities, and no-one should have to live with this type of criminality taking place in their area.

“We would advise any members of the public with concerns about possible illegal activity to contact us as soon as they can. This helps us to dismantle these types of operations quicker and bring those responsible to justice.”

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