Drug dealer gets four years

AN Ipswich drug dealer is beginning a four-year jail term today after a stash of cash and cocaine were found in his room.Police raided a flat in Woolverstone Close, were Graham Kerry was dealing from a bedroom he rented off Jason Seymour.

AN Ipswich drug dealer is beginning a four-year jail term today after a stash of cash and cocaine were found in his room.

Police raided a flat in Woolverstone Close, were Graham Kerry was dealing from a bedroom he rented off Jason Seymour.

Stephen Requena, prosecuting at Ipswich Crown Court, said Seymour, 34, was stopped by police in his Ford Escort on Wherstead Road on February 1 this year.

They noticed a “lady's purse” in the driver's foot well and Seymour explained that he was a heroin user and the bag contained his kit for injecting drugs.


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Police found it also contained a cellophane wrap with the remains of what Seymour described as a £10 “fix” he had bought the previous day.

On March 14 police raided Seymour's flat and found him surrounded by drug paraphernalia but no drugs in his living room.

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However in the bedroom they discovered Kerry, 47, two women, £1,100 in cash, crack cocaine valued at between £500 and £1,000, self sealing plastic bags and a set of digital scales.

The 11.7 grams of 49 per cent pure cocaine was divided into 25 wraps. Kerry had a further £178 of money in cash in his possession.

Seymour pleaded guilty to possessing a small amount of heroin and to allowing others to smoke drugs on his premises.

Kerry, formerly of Downside Close, pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to supply. He told police he dealt drugs to feed his own habit and to raise the funds to ease his financial difficulties.

One of the women, Emma Graham, 18, was recently sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for two years and a drug rehabilitation order.

The other woman, Sophie Govey, 27, of Kingsley Close, Ipswich, is due to be sentenced on August 31 for possession of drugs.

Seymour who had a previous drug related conviction was sentenced to an 18-month supervision order and drug rehabilitation as “an alternative to prison”.

Judge Peter De Mille said if Seymour breached the orders he would be jailed. He heard that he had been on the drug free wing at Norwich prison since his arrest in March had an “appalling” criminal record and had served four years in 2003 for possessing three and a half ounces of heroin with intent to supply.

Judge De Mille added: “It is sad and unfortunate that you appear to have taken no heed of that sentence.”

Kerry was jailed for another four years.

N What do you think of sentences handed out to drug dealers? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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