Duo jailed for drug offences

TWO young drug dealers have been jailed by Ipswich Crown Court after being caught with heroin and crack cocaine.Ricky Mutton and his 17-year-old co-defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were found in an Ipswich bedsit surrounded by the drugs.

TWO young drug dealers have been jailed by Ipswich Crown Court after being caught with heroin and crack cocaine.

Ricky Mutton and his 17-year-old co-defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were found in an Ipswich bedsit surrounded by the drugs.

Ian Pells, prosecuting, said police searched the teenager's bedsit and they found “Class A drugs in clear view” on a chest of drawers.

He said an envelope containing £400 and another containing £250 were found and a £20 note was found lying on the bed where Mutton, 21, was lying.

The court heard that the teenager was on the floor and a video game was being played on the television.

In total 18 wraps of heroin valued at £190 and eight wraps of crack-cocaine valued at £180 were seized.

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Mr Pells said the teenager was “lightly convicted” but Mutton of Montgomery Road, Ipswich was “heavily convicted”.

Mutton had served various terms of imprisonment for robbery, burglary, violence and theft totalling almost five years the court heard. Both defendants pleaded guilty to possessing heroin and crack-cocaine with intent to supply.

Judge David Goodin sent the teenager to a Young Offender's Institute for four months detention and training. Mutton was jailed for two years.

Judge Goodin said: “You were more heavily convicted, although not for drug offences.” He said the sentence might be seen as “lenient” but due to Mutton's young age and the time he had already spent in custody in the past he should be able “to see a light at the end of the tunnel.”

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