A DEALER who told police he had a mobile phone, drugs and "other items" up his bottom after being stopped has been jailed.

Two dealers were sent to prison for more than six years for dealing Class A substances.

Basildon Crown Court heard how officers from the South Operation Raptor team were patrolling in Basildon when they came across a silver Volvo linked to the supply of drugs.

The vehicle travelled to the Butneys area where the occupants were observed carrying out what was believed to be drug deals.

The car was then followed to High Road, Vange where officers stopped it and approached the two men inside, 22-year-old Kyle Poyer-Emmanuel and 27-year-old Thomas Warwick.

The car was searched and officers found five mobile phones, a sim-card and knotted plastic commonly used to package drugs.

Warwick, of High Street, Shoebury then disclosed to officers that he was concealing a mobile phone, cannabis and other items in his bottom. He was taken to hospital where the items were recovered. Poyer was found to have £75 in cash and forensic analysis of the recovered phones linked the pair to the supply of Class A drugs.

Poyer-Emmanuel of Portia Way in Mile End, East London was convicted of two counts of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs. He was jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Warwick admitted one count of being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug and one count of possessing a Class B drug. He was jailed for three years and ten months.

PC Dan Onley said: “People often have the misguided perception that a life of drug dealing may be glamorous. This case demonstrates the opposite is true. Just like Warwick, you will be expected to courier drugs and sometimes that involves concealing them inside your body at great personal risk to yourself. When Operation Raptor catches up with you, which always happens, you can expect to spend a lengthy spell behind bars. We will not tolerate people coming to our county to attempt to sell drugs on our streets and it’s a matter of time before we arrest them.”

The dealers were caught on June 29. If you have information about drug or gang-related crime in your community contact Essex Police on 101. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.