Drug dealers set to be sentenced

TWO heroin dealers are awaiting sentencing today after being convicted of coming to Ipswich to sell the Class A drug.

TWO heroin dealers are awaiting sentencing today after being convicted of coming to Ipswich to sell the Class A drug.

Ahmed Sabbagh-Parry and Daniel Evans had denied conspiring to supply heroin between October 1 and October 22 last year.

However, a jury at Ipswich Crown Court found the pair guilty and Judge David Goodin told them they will be sentenced on Friday .

During the trial, the court was told Sabbagh-Parry, 23, and Evans, 29, both from Liverpool, and two other men were in a car which was stopped by a policeman in October last year.

They were pulled over in Wherstead Road, Ipswich, after the officer incorrectly thought some of the passengers were not wearing seatbelts.

But after smelling cannabis in the Vauxhall Astra, the police constable ordered a drug search.

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While the occupants of the car were being questioned, a package of heroin worth �2,600 was allegedly found on the pavement next to the vehicle.

The jury heard Sabbagh-Parry claimed he was a victim of coincidence.

Giving evidence he said the drugs did not belong to anyone in the Vauxhall Astra.

Prosecutor Andrew Shaw said: “So the place where you were stopped by the traffic officer just happened to be a few metres from where someone else had dropped their drugs?”

Sabbagh-Parry replied: “I know they didn't come from anyone in the car”.

The court also heard how the defendants' movements in the Vauxhall Astra had been tracked at various locations around the country by automatic number plate cameras in the days leading up to their arrest in Ipswich.

The prosecution alleged the pair picked up the drugs outside the Liverpool area and drove to Ipswich to sell them.

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