Restaurant worker was drug dealer

IPSWICH: A former restaurant worker has been convicted of dealing heroin on the streets of Ipswich.Rashel Mohammed was found guilty after a two-day trial at Ipswich Crown Court.

IPSWICH: A former restaurant worker has been convicted of dealing heroin on the streets of Ipswich.

Rashel Mohammed was found guilty after a two-day trial at Ipswich Crown Court.

The 24-year-old will now be sentenced at the same court on November 6.

Mohammed had pleaded not guilty to possessing diamorphine with intent to supply.

During his trial prosecutor Trevor Archer said undercover police officers arrested Mohammed on May 14, after seeing him acting suspiciously around the area of Major's Corner. While searching him they discovered 23.1grammes of heroin potentially worth �2,310.

Mohammed told police he was unemployed and had a drug habit which meant he used heroin on a daily basis. His addiction cost him �70 per week.

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Mr Archer said Mohammed, who now lives in Smethwick in the West Midlands, told police he had previously worked in a restaurant and was owed �600 in wages when he left.

The evening before his arrest, he claimed he had seen the restaurateur and was given �200 towards the money he was owed, but the man who ran the business told officers Mohammed only asked for �20.

The jury heard Mohammed then told police he had bumped into a man he knew as “T” who offered him half an ounce of heroin at a bargain price as it was not good quality.

Two mobile phones were also found on Mohammed by officers when he was arrested, which contained some text messages that appeared to relate to the supply of drugs.