London drug dealer jailed

AN addict involved in a conspiracy to deal drugs on the streets of Ipswich is today starting a lengthy jail term.

AN addict involved in a conspiracy to deal drugs on the streets of Ipswich is today starting a lengthy jail term.

Daniel Toussaint was sentenced to three years for his part in an operation known as “T Phone” which enabled London dealers to push Class A drugs in Ipswich.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that police surveillance spotted Toussaint with one of the main conspirators on April 29, 2004 and then with a 16-year-old concerned in the conspiracy on May 6 of that year.

Stephen Requena prosecuting said when Toussaint was arrested he was in possession of 14 wraps of heroin with a street value of up to £150.

He said three mobile telephones which had been used to contact other conspirators during a “relevant period” were also attributed to Toussaint.

The court heard that the 25-year-old of Llanover Road, Wembley, London, had previous convictions for possessing drugs including heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis dating back to 1998 but no offences for supplying drugs.

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Toussaint pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Wrag Chand, mitigating, said his client had reached a “crossroad” in his life and wanted to change his ways and become a good father to his young son.

He said: “Whatever route the court determines as appropriate Mr Toussaint is clear in his own mind that whatever happens he will change and lead a more meaningful life.”

Mr Chand said his client was no more than a “street peddler” with drug problems, particularly with crack cocaine.

He added: “There was no large amount of money found on him or at his home and nothing to signify an excessive lifestyle.

“The previous convictions support that he has a real chronic addiction to drugs.”

Judge David Goodin told Toussaint: “I have no doubt you were a significant foot soldier in this conspiracy for the more senior and more heavily involved members.”

He said a “very significant” T Phone telephone number was found in Toussaint's possession.

Toussaint was sent to prison for three years, less the time he had spent on remand.

Operation Wolf

Daniel Toussaint was snared in Suffolk Police's Operation Wolf crackdown on London dealers infiltrating Ipswich to sell drugs.

Members of the gang, known as the “T Business”, were caught after a lengthy and substantial police investigation.

In all, nine people have been punished for various drugs-related convictions at Ipswich Crown Court.

The investigation involved up to 80 officers at its peak, with surveillance teams and undercover police gathering information on the business.

Part of their work involved buying drugs from the gang's street dealers.

Police became aware of T Business in the summer of 2005 and subsequent investigations revealed a connection with the London borough of Brent.

It quickly emerged that the gang, which was operated from a house in Colchester, controlled much of the supply of crack cocaine and heroin in Ipswich.

Detectives oversaw early-morning swoops in Ipswich and Colchester on August 4, 2005.

One of the homes raided was that of Johnny Callie, 57, of Peterhouse Close, who provided the gang's Ipswich link.

Callie was found guilty by a jury earlier this year of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

It is estimated the gang was making between £2,000 and £3,000 a day.