Crackdown as drug trade gets tougher

DRUG crime is gaining a harder edge and becoming more ruthless, as big-time dealers move into Suffolk.Today, two Jamaican dealers from London are behind bars for five years after being caught in Ipswich.

By Tracey Sparling

DRUG crime is gaining a harder edge and becoming more ruthless, as big-time dealers move into Suffolk.

Today, two Jamaican dealers from London are behind bars for five years after being caught in Ipswich.

Investigations by the police who discovered their drugs den revealed the cash made in their deadly trade was being channelled straight to Jamaican gangs.

Detectives today stopped short of calling Fabian Barclay and Andrew Thomas "yardies" – shorthand for ruthless, gun-slinging crack dealers – but they confirmed the deadly duo's sinister links with gangs in their Caribbean homeland.

Despite £4,700 of crack cocaine being found in the raid, police believe it is probably only a fraction of the duo's drugs trade that has now been stopped in its tracks.

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