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Drugs ring broken up by police jury told

PUBLISHED: 00:32 30 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:56 03 March 2010

POLICE recorded a drug dealer supplying heroin in Felixstowe, Ipswich Crown Court heard today.

The jury spent more than an hour listening to audio recordings of a dealer passing the class A drugs to undercover police officers.

POLICE recorded a drug dealer supplying heroin in Felixstowe, Ipswich Crown Court heard today.

The jury spent more than an hour listening to audio recordings of a dealer passing the class A drugs to undercover police officers.

The court heard that an Essex woman police officer and her colleague visited an address in Felixstowe with drug dealer, Christopher Page.

The police officer said they travelled in a car to a house in Chilversfield, near Runnacles Way, in Felixstowe, last January.

She said Page went into the house and returned with a £10 cling film wrap of heroin for her.

The following day the exercise was repeated and Page, unsuspecting again, bought a £10 wrap of heroin for the police officer from the same address.

Page, 29, of Elm House, Grange Road, Felixstowe, and Stephen Robinson, 35, of Kent House, The Walk, Felixstowe, have admitted conspiring to supply heroin.

In the dock is Jamieson Friston, 32, of Reedland Way, Felixstowe; Phillip Crampin, 36, of Lancaster House, The Walk, Felixstowe; and Dean Rudduck, 30, of the same address, who all deny the same charge.

Christopher Morgan, prosecuting, told the court that Operation Adnams was launched by the police early in January this year.

Three Essex police officers were recruited to pose as drug users and make test purchases of heroin from people suspected of drug dealing.

The officers were equipped with audio recording equipment and moved into a flat in Grange Road, Felixstowe, where Page was living, and became acquainted with him.

Page allegedly told the officers – a man and two women – that he had been a heroin user and offered to contact his supplier when they asked if he knew anyone who could supply them with heroin.

Mr Morgan said that in order to distance himself from the sale of heroin to users, Friston used "safe houses" where drug deals could take place.

Mr Morgan alleged that this was where Crampin, Rudduck and Robinson came into the picture.

"They provided safe houses for Jamieson Friston. From these premises the supply of class A drugs took place," alleged Mr Morgan.

The trial continues.

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