Drug dealer could avoid prison

AN Ipswich drug dealer may be offered help rather than prison.Fifty-four-year-old Peter Bailey, who dealt amphetamine sulphate (speed) is to be assessed for a drug treatment and testing order, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

AN Ipswich drug dealer may be offered help rather than prison.

Fifty-four-year-old Peter Bailey, who dealt amphetamine sulphate (speed) is to be assessed for a drug treatment and testing order, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Bailey is due back at the court on May 27 to see if he is found suitable for the order, which will help him become drug free and avoid a lengthy prison sentence.

Unemployed Bailey, of Norfolk Road, Ipswich, was found guilty by a jury of two charges of possessing drugs with intent to supply. He initially admitted three offences of possessing drugs but denied intending to supply them.

During the trial the jury heard that five mobile phones, 40 self-seal plastic bags, two sets of scales, £370 in cash and 12 grams of amphetamines were found by police searching Bailey's home.

In a second incident Bailey's Vauxhall Cavalier car was stopped in Bramford Road and four plastic bags containing amphetamine, two sets of scales and £350 in cash were found.

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On a third occasion Bailey's car was searched while it was parked in Speedwell Road and a holdall containing 200 grams of amphetamine along with Bailey's birth certificate and driving licence was found.

The jury heard that text messages retrieved from Bailey's mobile phone proved he was selling drugs.

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