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Man claims harassment by police

PUBLISHED: 21:59 05 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:58 03 March 2010

A MAN accused of being at the centre of heroin dealing in Felixstowe has claimed that he was "harassed" by undercover police officers.

Jamieson Friston, told police officers after his arrest that he had been bombarded with telephone calls by three undercover police officers asking him to get them heroin.

A MAN accused of being at the centre of heroin dealing in Felixstowe has claimed that he was "harassed" by undercover police officers.

Jamieson Friston, told police officers after his arrest that he had been bombarded with telephone calls by three undercover police officers asking him to get them heroin.

Friston said he never met the officers face to face and claimed he told them on the telephone that he didn't want anything to do with drugs.

He said that the officers who were posing as drug users had sometimes called him five or six times a day. "I'm not an assertive sort of person and I was trying to fob them off but they weren't getting the message. It was pure harassment from them," said Friston in a police interview read to a jury at Ipswich Crown Court.

Friston, 32, of Reedland Way, Felixstowe has denied conspiring to supply heroin in January and February of this year.

Also before the court are Phillip Crampin, 36 and Dean Rudduck, 30, who each have flats in The Walk, Felixstowe. They have denied conspiring to supply heroin.

The court has heard that two other defendants, Christopher Page, 29, of Grange Road, Felixstowe and Stephen Robinson, 35, of The Walk, Felixstowe have admitted the same charge.

Christopher Morgan, prosecuting, has told the court that the defendants were arrested after two months of undercover observations by police officers during "Operation Adnams".

Mr Morgan alleged that Friston was effectively the director of a drug dealing business while Crampin and Rudduck provided safe houses for drug deals.

The trial continues.


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