A TRADER caught with two other people running a cannabis supply business from an apartment in Colchester was sentenced to three years in prison.

Keenan Scott, 24, who was caught after a police raid on an apartment in December 2018, was also in possession of 5.64 g of cocaine when stopped by Colchester officials in January 2020.

Chelmsford Crown Court heard that the cocaine had been split into 30 separate servings, indicating that it should be delivered to others.

Scott admitted the property with the intent of supplying cocaine on the grounds that it was “a misguided attempt” to pay a debt.

Recorder Simon Mayo QC said, “At this point, as you well understand, you had been released under investigation, although no charges have been made about the cannabis supply business being conducted from this Colchester apartment.”

He also admitted the property with the intent of supplying cannabis in connection with the 2018 raid.

Ricardo Alves (24) and 23-year-old Emilio Plummer were also hit by the raid on the Colchester apartment.

Alves of Venture Chase, Colchester, admitted two property counts with intent to supply cannabis, the second related to the seizure of his phone at a festival in August 2019.

The investigation found that he had “sporadically” supplied cannabis between March and June this year.

Plummer of Quayside Drive in Colchester denied a single count of possession with intent to supply cannabis but was convicted after a lawsuit.

Scott has been sentenced to three years in prison, with the 15 months he has already served to count towards his sentence.

Alves received a 21-month prison sentence with a two-year term. He will be subject to a three-month curfew that keeps him indoors between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. and has to do 250 hours of unpaid work.

Judge Mayo said, “I want you to be clear about this. You have a chance today to prove that the progress you have made lately is continuing and that you have no problems.”

Plummer received a joint decree with the same curfew, 100 hours of unpaid work and an assignment to complete a 30-day rehabilitation program.