Ipswich: Smirking teenage drug dealer dreamed he would be caught

A DRUG dealer who foresaw his own downfall has had the smile wiped off his face today after being put behind bars.

When police arrested Diarra Dillon as he was going into the block of flats where he lived in Rapier Street, Ipswich, he told officers he had a premonition he would be arrested.

Ipswich Crown Court heard the 19-year-old said: “I had a dream I was going to get caught – I knew it.

“Am I going to get to get bail or am I going to get three years (in jail)? I am, aren’t I? I’m going to get three years.”

Prosecutor Andrew Thompson told the court Dillon was detained by police on August 5 after a brief struggle, during which he dropped a black plastic bundle.

Dillon admitted he had cannabis in his shoulder bag. A search found ten twisted black plastic packages of heroin worth �200.

Officers also discovered a further 17 plastic bags containing skunk, a potent form of cannabis. These were said to be worth �170 on the street.

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The court was told Dillon had only been sentenced a month earlier for his part in an affray outside Tower Ramparts shopping centre last February in which someone brandished a screwdriver during a dispute.

The teenager was given a 12-month community order and told to do 60 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay prosecutions costs.

A month before the affray Dillon was given a conditional discharge on January 10 for possession of cannabis and resisting arrest.

Rochelle Collins, mitigating for Dillon, who admitted possession of Class A and B drugs with intent to supply, said her client realised his drug addiction had led to his downfall.

Recorder Gabrielle Posner sentenced the teenager to 14 months’ detention for the heroin charge and a further seven months’ detention to run concurrently for the cannabis.

She also gave Dillon a further two months in detention after revoking his previous community order. In total he received 16 months’ detention.

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