TWO dealers supplied crack cocaine and diamorphine less than two years after being jailed for the same offence.

Kris Harding and Ahmed Soleman have both admitted handling the Class A drugs in Basildon in October and November this year.

The dealers, aged 39 and 27, had previously been caught with heroin and crack cocaine in 2015 and 2017.

Harding was jailed in 2017 while Soleman was jailed in 2016 for two and three years respectively, meaning when they were caught at again this year, they had barely left prison before dealing again.

The two men appeared at Basildon Crown Court yesterday, dressed in grey prison jumpers and admitted the two joint counts of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

Harding, of no fixed address, had previously been caught with several wraps of heroin in his mouth in Basildon, and swallowed some when he was arrested, later passing a further 26 wraps of heroin and cocaine whilst in custody.

Soleman was arrested on November 23, 2015, after officers from Operation Raptor, a team set up to tackle drug dealing gangs, stopped and searched him in Basildon town centre.

The dealer, of Fern Street, Tower Hamlets, London, was found to be carrying class A drugs and was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply.

Officers discovered heroin with a street value of £110, crack cocaine worth £160 and almost £80 in cash.

At court yesterday, Judge Andrew Hurst was told that Harding had been self harming since being arrested and was seeing the prison psychiatrist.

Judge Hurst told the two men: “You both will be facing lengthy custodial sentences for your crimes, which are very serious.

“You are back here again after an indecently short time committing the same crime in the exact same place.

“You should liaise with your lawyers in the meantime while the reports are prepared.”

Harding and Soleman will be sentenced together on January 13.

Both of them were remanded in custody.