Heroin dealer snared in drug sting

AN Ipswich drug dealer is today beginning a lengthy prison term after he was caught selling heroin by undercover police officers.

AN Ipswich drug dealer is today beginning a lengthy prison term after he was caught selling heroin by undercover police officers.

Francis Mills, 32, was jailed for a total of three years and eight months by a judge at Ipswich Crown Court.

He had previously pleaded guilty to nine offences of supplying heroin in the town centre.

Mills, who suffers with an addiction to cocaine, was arrested as part of a major police operation in June.


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Following his sentence, Suffolk police said: “The sentence imposed on Mills makes it clear that drug dealing will not be tolerated in Suffolk and those seeking to profit through the suffering of others should expect to end up in prison.”

The court heard that two undercover police officers deployed in Ipswich town centre bought wraps of heroin from Mills on a number of different occasions between March 12 and April 20 this year.

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The drug deals were recorded using audio and visual equipment and Mills was arrested at home at the Salvation Army in Fore Street on June 2.

Mills admitted dealing drugs in police interview and said he had sold the heroin because he needed the money.

The court heard that Mills had previously been living in America but was deported back to England in 2007 after he breached a condition of a probation order following a conviction for being involved in the theft of a firearm.

Michael Stephenson, representing Mills, said his client had suffered from drug addiction while living in America and on retuning to this country his cocaine habit started again.

Mr Stephenson added: “He knows that it is wrong (to sell drugs) and knew that it was wrong at the time.”

Judge John Devaux said it was clear Mills had access to supplies of heroin “as and when customers wished to purchase”.

He added: “It is clear that you were well-known in the drug taking community as someone who could supply drugs.”

Have you been affected by drugs? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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