A DETECTIVE says the streets of Colchester are safer after six people were jailed for a total of more than 40 years for their roles in the supply of drugs.

Specialist Essex Police drug teams secured the convictions following a two-year investigation into the Captain, Max and TJ drug lines, operating in Colchester and Chelmsford.

As a result, Amy Goldfinch, 28, Church Road, Peter Okunzuwa, 32, of Lea Bridge Road, Hackney, Dejah Henriques, 23, of Digby Road, Hackney and Tony Wilde, 55, of Widford Park Place, Chelmsford, were all given sentences.

Keith Webb, 51, of St Marys Mead, Chelmsford, Susan Poulton, 40, of Cromwell Close, Boreham, and Faith Divine-Mark, 22, of Brook Drive, London, were also convicted.

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Detective constable Lee Winfield, who led the investigation, said: “This was a complex and intensive investigation which took more than two years.

“The effort put in by all elements of the team was incredible and the sentences reflect the culpability of those arrested, charged and put before the court.

“Our message is clear - drugs and drug dealers are not welcome in Essex.

"If you are determined to do that, you will be caught and, as this case shows, you will be sentenced accordingly.”