Lengthy jail term for drug dealer

SUFFOLK police's war on drugs has claimed another victim after a London dealer was snared in an undercover operation. Anwar Osman is today beginning a lengthy jail term after his lucrative Ipswich crack and heroin business was smashed by detectives.

SUFFOLK police's war on drugs has claimed another victim after a London dealer was snared in an undercover operation.

Anwar Osman is today beginning a lengthy year jail term after his lucrative Ipswich crack and heroin business was smashed by detectives.

The 21-year-old came to the attention of police in early 2008 when he began peddling his deadly wares from a housing association property in Chevalier Street.

Officers conducting round-the-clock observations watched as foot soldiers arrived at the house before collecting wraps of Class A substances ready to be sold on the streets.

A warrant was executed soon after and drugs with a street value of up to �3,500 were seized along with scales and knives.

After Osman's arrest and charge in April 2008, it emerged he was wanted for similar offences in London.

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But before he could face justice, he skipped bail and was not recaptured until more than a year later, in June, when Metropolitan police officers apprehended him.

Osman, who used various aliases including the first name Mohammed, admitted five counts of possessing heroin and crack cocaine and a further count of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.

He was sentenced to a 56-month prison term by a judge at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

Osman, of Park Lane, London, had previously been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences as part of the closure of a crack house in Wherstead Road, Ipswich, but was never charged.

Police investigator Rob Osler, who was involved in the case, said: “Traditionally, people travel to Ipswich and deal on the streets for a short period before returning to London.

“But Osman had established himself and was running his operation from a house which suggests somebody higher in the chain and in greater control.”

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