Newham drug dealer jailed for five years

By Rob Virtue on August 9, 2011 4:59 PM |

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A drug dealer from Beckton who claimed jobseekers allowance despite making thousands from crime has been sent to prison.

Lewis Esty, 25, of Windsor Road, was convicted after an investigation by British Transport Police officers who arrested him for selling drugs outside an Underground station.

Police searched his vehicle in the incident at Notting Hill Gate in August last year and found a stash of drugs including cannabis, MDMA, cocaine and ketamine.

They also discovered £1,000 in cash, while a search of Esty's house uncovered more drugs and a Taser.

BTP financial investigator Neil Black found further irregularities in Esty's accounts.

Despite receiving just £65 a week in Jobseeker's Allowance, he had spent over £5,000 in hired cars and received over £6,500 into his accounts in the 12 months up to February this year.

Detective Sergeant Neil Black said: "Esty could not account for thousands of pounds that were flowing in and out of his bank accounts, all while he was claiming benefits.

"We examined his mobile phones and found evidence that he had been dropping off drugs to customers all over London.

"Esty had been making his money through dealing drugs and the comprehensive evidence that was presented in court led to his conviction."

Esty pleaded guilty at Blackfriars Crown Court last month to four counts of possession of drugs with intent to supply, a charge of possession of a prohibited weapon and two counts of money laundering.

He was sentenced to five years and three months in jail.