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Drug dealers jailed after police raid on home in Grove Lane, Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 15:50 12 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:25 13 February 2018

A quantity of heroin and crack cocaine were found when police carried out a raid on a property in Grove Lane, Ipswich. Picture: KAREN WILLIE

A quantity of heroin and crack cocaine were found when police carried out a raid on a property in Grove Lane, Ipswich. Picture: KAREN WILLIE

KAREN WILLIE

Police who carried out a drug raid at a house in Ipswich saw wraps of heroin and crack cocaine being prepared on a bed, a court has heard.

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When the officers entered the property in Grove Lane they found 26 wraps of crack cocaine on a coffee table and 183 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine on the bed, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

When they spoke to Jacinto Melo, who they had seen preparing the drugs on a bed through a window, he was found with £240 cash and a notebook containing drug orders.

Earlier the same morning officers had watched his co-defendant Alexander Barrand approach a group of known drug users in Spring Road on a bike before returning to the house in Grove Lane.

When Barrand was detained he had a total of seven wraps of heroin and crack cocaine hidden in his hat.

Jacinto Melo was jailed for 54 months after Class A drugs were found during the police raid in Ipswich.Jacinto Melo was jailed for 54 months after Class A drugs were found during the police raid in Ipswich.

Barrand, 54, of Northfield Road, Onehouse, and Melo, 39, of Barnet, admitted possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply on January 14 this year.

Barrand was jailed for 68 months and Melo was jailed for 54 months.

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