Drug dealer jailed

A LONDON drug dealer who stayed with an Ipswich addict so he could deal in the town is beginning a jail term today.Ryckel Lewis stayed with Adam Calver at his Jasmine Close flat for £40 a night rent and a supply of Class A drugs.

A LONDON drug dealer who stayed with an Ipswich addict so he could deal in the town is beginning a jail term today.

Ryckel Lewis stayed with Adam Calver at his Jasmine Close flat for £40 a night rent and a supply of Class A drugs.

When police raided the flat on August 6 Lewis leapt up from a table where drugs were being packaged for sale and he tried to hide behind the living room door Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Ian Pells, prosecuting, said blue wraps containing drugs, a razor blade, a Stanley knife and some Clingfilm were found on the table, £265 was found in Lewis' trainer and various wraps were discovered in a shaving box in the bedroom.

A total of 8.32 grams of cocaine was found in 58 wraps, 8.93 grams of heroin was found in 44 wraps and a further 3.8 grams of heroin was found in 22 wraps.

Mr Pells said the total street value was estimated at £2,500.

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Lewis, 18, of Ferndale Road, Paddington, pleaded guilty of possessing heroin and cocaine with intent to supply and to possessing criminal proceeds and Calver, 25, admitted letting his flat be used for the supply of drugs.

Both men had been in custody since their arrest and both had become drug free while there.

Shaun Wallace for Lewis said his client was a crack cocaine and heroin addict who owed £300 to a London dealer and had agreed to sell drugs in Ipswich to settle the debt.

Lewis had agreed to pay Calver, who was a £30 a day drug addict, in money and drugs to stay in his flat.

Mr Wallace said Lewis had “graduated from minor offending to these offences that are extremely serious and which put him on the threshold of a prison sentence.”

Neil Macaulay, for unemployed Calver, said his client was co-operative with the police and was a drug addict who had taken advantage of an opportunity to receive money and drugs.

Mr Recorder David Anderson QC sentenced Lewis to two years and nine months in a young offenders' institute.

Calver was sentenced to 12 months in prison but the term was suspended for two years.

Calver was also placed on probation supervision for 18 months and drug rehabilitation for 12 months. He was ordered to complete a substance abuse programme.

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