TWO dealers have been sent back to prison for a total of seven years after selling drugs just months after being released.

Kris Harding and Ahmed Soleman were found with Class A drugs during a police raid in Rookyards, Basildon on November 1 last year.

The dealers, aged 40 and 25, had previously been given jail time in 2015 and 2017 for dealing Class A drugs in the Basildon area.

The pair had only been released for a few months before they were caught again.

When the home was raided, Soleman, previously of Fern Street, London, was found in a bedroom along with wraps of diamorphine along with £651 in cash.

A pair of scissors were also found in the house.

While police were at the scene, they seized mobile phones which had messages related to drug dealing.

There were references to a known drug line named “Sonic” by police, which was the same operation the pair had been dealing for when they were first jailed.

As police were at the home, a drug user who was known to them showed up to the property with the intention to obtain drugs.

Harding, of no fixed address, was found to have a wrap of drugs stashed in his socks when he was taken into custody.

The duo were jailed at Basildon Crown Court yesterday.

Mitigation said that both defendants were determined never to deal drugs again and had taken part in courses whilst in prison.

Judge Andrew Hurst told Soleman: “If there’s any suggestion in the future that you’re involved in drug dealing you will never see the light of day for a very, very long time.

“You were directing Mr Harding and he was a runner in the chain.

“The fact that you shortly after you were both released you were arrested for working for the same drug line prompts me to look at the maximum terms available, so that anyone else looking at this thinking of going back to their old ways, it will hit harder and harder.”

Soleman was jailed for four and a half years, and Harding was jailed for three years and four months.