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Three deny dealing heroin

PUBLISHED: 10:12 29 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:56 03 March 2010

A MAN at the centre of heroin dealing in Felixstowe was arrested by police after a two month undercover surveillance operation, a court has been told.

Jamieson Friston was effectively the "director" of a drug dealing business and recruited other people whose houses were used for the sale of heroin, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

A MAN at the centre of heroin dealing in Felixstowe was arrested by police after a two month undercover surveillance operation, a court has been told.

Jamieson Friston was effectively the "director" of a drug dealing business and recruited other people whose houses were used for the sale of heroin, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

Yesterday Friston, 32, of Reedland Way, Felixstowe; Phillip Crampin, 36, of Lancaster House, The Walk, Felixstowe; and Dean Rudduck, 30, of the same address, denied conspiring to supply heroin in January and February this year.

The court heard that two other defendants, Christopher Page, 29, of Elm House, Grange Road, Felixstowe; and Stephen Robinson, 35, of Kent House, The Walk, Felixstowe; had admitted the charge.

Christopher Morgan, prosecuting, told the court that Operation Adnams was launched by the police early in January this year.

Three Essex police officers were recruited to pose as drug users and make test purchases of heroin from people suspected of drug dealing.

The officers were equipped with audio recording equipment and moved into a flat in Grange Road, Felixstowe, where Page was living, and became acquainted with him.

Page allegedly told the officers – a man and two women – that he had been a heroin user and offered to contact his supplier when they asked if he knew anyone who could supply them with heroin.

The officers had given Page £10 and he went to Reedland Way where Friston lived and returned with heroin.

In February the test purchase officers gave Page £30 in marked notes to buy heroin and these notes were found on Friston when he was arrested as he left Page's house.

Mr Morgan said that in order to distance himself from the sale of heroin to users, Friston used "safe houses" where drug deals could take place.

Mr Morgan alleged that this was where Crampin, Rudduck and Robinson came into the picture.

"They provided safe houses for Jamieson Friston. From these premises the supply of class A drugs took place," alleged Mr Morgan.

Crampin told officers that he had been asked if his flat could be used for drug dealing, but he didn't think it was heroin.

The trial continues.

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