A DRUG dealer arrested as part of an investigation targeting the sale of crack cocaine and heroin in north Essex has been jailed for nearly four years.

Asadollah Zare was arrested in New Street, Chelmsford on November 30 last year, when officers found him with 50 wraps of cocaine and 17 wraps of heroin.

His arrest came as part of an extensive investigation targeting the sale of Class A drugs in the city which also saw a series of warrants executed.

Officers also discovered a mobile phone on the 44 year-old on which they found messages which indicated he was selling drugs.

He was later charged with being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs and pleaded guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday March 26.

At the same court on the same date Zare, of no fixed address, was jailed for three years and nine months.

Detective inspector Neal Miller, from the serious violence unit, said: “Drugs ruin lives and cause misery.

“We know that violent crime goes hand-in-hand with sale if drugs and it is the most vulnerable people who preyed upon.

“Asadollah Zare was involved in selling crack cocaine and heroin, benefitting from poisoning our communities.
“Such was the evidence against him, he had no option but to admit his guilt and he now faces the foreseeable future behind bars.

“We will not stop in our efforts to tackle the sale of drugs and bring those responsible to justice.”