A SPORTING drug dealer who combined cycling with selling cocaine and heroin rode free from court.

JJ Streeks was spotted on a bike in his jogging bottoms but rather than trying to get fit he was selling drugs.

Streeks, of Clickett Hill, Basildon, was caught on July 30 by the South Operation Raptor team who were patrolling in the Kingswood Park area when they spotted a known drug user.

As they continued to watch, a man on a bicycle, now known to be 20-year-old JJ Streeks was seen approaching the woman suspiciously.

Officers suspected a drug deal was about to take place, and the officers approached Streeks and carried out a search

Hidden in Streek’s jogging bottoms they found a haul of class A drugs, including 23 wraps of crack cocaine as well as four wraps of heroin.

Streeks appeared at Basildon Crown Court and admitted possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.

He was jailed for a year and 11 months but this was suspended for two years.

Streeks was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and was made the subject of a six-month curfew between 8pm and 5am.

PC Adam Blackwell said: “Streeks was clearly about to deal Class A drugs to a vulnerable member of the community.

“Drug dealers do not care about the dependencies of those they sell illegal substances to, they care only about the money.

“However Essex Police, and our Operation Raptor teams, remain committed to protecting and serving our communities and ensuring that the people intent on supplying drugs on the streets of our county are arrested and put before the courts.”

Streeks was sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on Thursday 28 November.

Essex Police set up Operation Raptor teams in the North, West and South of the county to tackle drug and gang-related crime.

Anyone with information about drug or gang-related crime in their community can contact Essex Police on 101 or dedicated charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.