Drug dealer jailed for �3k cocaine stash

A 21-year-old man is today staring a five-year jail term after being convicted of drug dealing.

Colin Adwent

IPSWICH: A 21-year-old man is today starting a five-year jail term after being convicted of drug dealing.

A stash of cocaine with a street value of �3,500 was found during a police raid at the Browning Road home of Theodore Knight, who worked as a glass collector at an Ipswich nightspot.

When officers turned up at Knight's home, they also discovered two mobile phones and �175 in cash.

Knight had denied possession of cocaine with intent to supply, but was convicted following a trial at Ipswich Crown Court.

He was jailed for five years for the drug offence and a further three months for breaching a previous suspended sentence.

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After Knight was jailed, Detective Chief Inspector Dave Cutler, of Ipswich CID, said: “This sentence sends a clear message to anyone involved in dealing drugs that they can, and will be, caught.

“We are extremely committed to targeting and disrupting the supply of controlled drugs, which we know can be greatly upsetting for local people and can have a real impact on how safe they feel in their area.

“These types of offences will not be tolerated in Suffolk.”

Norwich Crown Court heard Knight had previously been given suspended 12-month jail sentence for a string of burglaries of Ipswich homes.

During one of the break-ins, he had attacked an occupant one of the homes he was burgling.

Jailing Knight, Recorder Christopher Makey told him: “The supply of Class A drugs is an extremely serious offence.”

He said although there was no direct evidence he had been dealing, the drugs were of considerable value. He said the jail sentence would have an appalling effect on Knight's family.

Roger Thomson, for Knight, said: “Although the drugs were found at his premises, he does not accept he was drug dealing. This was one stash of drugs.”

Mr Thomson added that it was an isolated incident. He said Knight was now clean of drugs and came from a good family.

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