Drugs dealer avoids jail sentence

AN Ipswich man who was seen dealing drugs at the gates of an Ipswich park, has been given a suspended prison sentence.Police officers saw Christopher Martin in Dereham Avenue, Ipswich at the gates to Landseer Park speaking to drivers and passengers of vehicles that pulled up.

AN Ipswich man who was seen dealing drugs at the gates of an Ipswich park, has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Police officers saw Christopher Martin in Dereham Avenue, Ipswich at the gates to Landseer Park speaking to drivers and passengers of vehicles that pulled up.

“He showed signs of someone dealing in drugs,” said Michael Crimp prosecuting.

After his arrest Martin was found in possession of two wraps of crack cocaine and heroin and officers, who went to his parents' home, detained two men who had come to Ipswich from London.


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During a search of Martin's bedroom officers found paraphernalia connected with the supply of drugs, including £800 cash, 43 wraps of class A drugs and a note book with workings out.

Mr Crimp told Ipswich Crown Court there was no suggestion that Martin's parents had any part in what their son was doing.

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Martin, 20, of Dereham Avenue, Ipswich had been committed to the Crown Court for sentence for two offences of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

He was given 12 month's detention suspended for 24 months and made the subject of a nine month drug rehabilitation order.

Also before the court was Asim Parris, 20, of London who admitted possessing drugs with intent to supply. He was jailed for 18 months.

The £800 found in Martin's bedroom was ordered to be forfeited and given to the local drug squad's equipment fund.

The court heard that after his arrest Martin told police he had been dealing drugs for Parris and another man in return for drugs over a period of four days in February.

Richard Wood, for Martin said his client had been a drug user for four years but had been drug free while he had been in custody for the last four months.

He said Martin was keen not to go back to drug taking.

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