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Man jailed for drug offences following Square Mile operation

  • Sam Montague, 33, of Bower Lane, Basildon, Essex, was jailed for two years and eight months.
  • Montague caught after operation targeted suspects concerned with supply and possession of class A drugs in the Middlesex Street (E1) area.
  • He was found in possession of three bags of cocaine in his coat pocket and 18 bags of cocaine in his satchel bag plus a quantity of cash.

A man arrested for drug dealing after being caught with 21 wraps of cocaine on him has been jailed for more than two years at the Old Bailey on Friday, 25 August 2017 after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to supplying and possession of a Class A drug with intent.

Police drugs operation


The arrest took place during a pre-planned operation, coordinated by the City of London Police communities and partnerships team, on Thursday 20 July 2017.


Building on concerns raised by the local community, the activity involved the City Police roads policing unit, support group, dogs unit, major investigation team, scientific support unit, and other specialist teams.

At 7.10pm, plain-clothed City Police officers witnessed a drug deal taking place between the rider of a black Aprilia moped and a pedestrian on Middlesex Street, immediately south of the junction with Cobb Street. Officers detained the man on the moped and he was taken to Bishopsgate police station.

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Responding to public concerns


At court, Montague was ordered to serve two years and eight months in custody for possession with intent to supply a class A drug, and an additional 12-month sentence for supplying a class A drug, to run concurrently.

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Sergeant Pete Lucas, from the City of London Police communities and partnerships team, said:


“This operation was a resounding success, and as a result of coordinating the expertise and resources of several different City of London Police units we were able to successfully make multiple arrests.


“This is a perfect example of using intelligent, creative, problem-solving methods to respond to concerns from the public, who were worried about criminal activity in their local area and rightly raised the issues with the police. We’d encourage anyone else to do the same.


“We hope this sentence, and this operation, makes it clear that we do not tolerate drug dealing within the Square Mile, and will use everything at our disposal – including our relationship with the local community – to bring offenders to justice.”

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