Pot smoker �600 worse off after raid

A POLICE drugs raid on an Ipswich barbers' shop has today left a man more than �600 poorer.

A POLICE drugs raid on an Ipswich barbers' shop has today left a man more than �600 poorer.

Jason Dennis, of Upper Orwell Street, was arrested as a consequence of officers carrying out a daytime swoop on Uptown Barbers Ltd.

The 32-year-old was in the Upper Orwell Street shop when police discovered cannabis on him.

Dennis was subsequently charged with possession of the Class B drug and pleaded guilty when he appeared before Ipswich magistrates.

He also admitted obstructing a police officer and criminal damage to police cells.

All the offences were committed on the same day - Tuesday, September 8.

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Magistrates fined Dennis �100 for the cannabis charge and ordered him to pay a �15 victim surcharge and �85 prosecution costs.

He was also fined �335 for obstructing a police officer and told to pay �85 compensation for spitting blood in two police cells, requiring officers to call in specialist cleaners.

Another Ipswich man was also charged in relation to alleged drug offences arising from the raid.

Rui Almeida is accused of possession of crack cocaine and heroin with intent to supply.

Almeida, of Spring Road, is also charged with possession of cannabis.

The 20-year-old appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court in Ipswich yesterday . His case was adjourned until October 5.

Two men are also on police bail following the swoop at the barbers' shop, which occurred shortly after noon.

A 22-year-old Ipswich man was arrested at 1pm on September 8. He was questioned on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug (heroin) with intent to supply.

A 32-year-old suspect, also from Ipswich, was taken into custody at the same time on suspicion of possessing a class A drug with intent supply. Both suspects were subsequently released on police bail to return to Ipswich police station on November 4.

Quantities of cash were also seized during the raid.