Dealer sold drugs to fund his habit

IPSWICH drug addict Danny Webb is starting a two-year jail term today after peddling ecstasy and amphetamine to fund his habit.

IPSWICH drug addict Danny Webb is starting a two-year jail term today after peddling ecstasy and amphetamine to fund his habit.

At Webb's Ipswich Crown Court sentencing Judge David Goodin heard the 37-year-old, of Downside Close, had admitted possessing the Class A drugs and cannabis at a previous hearing.

He had also pleaded guilty to possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.

Prosecutor Godfried Duah told the court Webb was caught on November 5 last year when police saw three people in a VW Golf travelling in Yarmouth Road, Ipswich.

Officers followed the car as one of the occupants was not wearing a seatbelt.

They approached the VW after it stopped at the Shell garage in London Road. When they went to speak to the passenger they noticed a strong odour of cannabis coming from the vehicle.

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Mr Duah said Webb was in the rear passenger seat and the officers' attention was drawn to a rucksack close to the car.

The rucksack, which Webb originally denied owning, was seized along with a quantity of cannabis found in the VW.

The bag was sent away for forensic testing and items inside were linked to Webb.

Among the items found were cannabis, ecstasy tablets and amphetamine.

The total value of the drugs was estimated at �2,627. A further �420 in cash was found in Webb's possession.

Stephen Rose, mitigating, said Webb - who was homeless at the time - sold recreational party drugs to friends for profit. He then used the money to buy drugs to feed his addiction.

Mr Rose called it “a sorry and self destructive circle”.

Judge Goodin gave Webb, who has previous convictions for drugs and acquisitive crimes dating back to 1991, prison sentences for the three offences he admitted. These were four months, two years, and 12 months.

The two lesser sentences will run concurrently with the two-year jail term.

Judge Goodin also ordered the forfeiture of the �420 found on Webb.

The court had previously been told the other two people in the car had been dealt with by the legal system.