Three drug dealers jailed

THREE drug dealers are in jail today after a police sting caught them selling cocaine and heroin on the streets of Ipswich. Another man faces a two-year drug treatment and rehabilitation order for selling drugs to an undercover police officer.

THREE drug dealers are in jail today after a police sting caught them selling cocaine and heroin on the streets of Ipswich.

Another man faces a two-year drug treatment and rehabilitation order for selling drugs to an undercover police officer.

The four were caught as part of a massive police crackdown in Ipswich to stem the tide of city dealers coming to the town to deal.

Mark Williams, Owen Gray and Omar Sullivan were all given prison sentences while Ian Higgins, already a convicted London drug dealer was given the drug treatment order.

Mark Williams from London, had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to three charges of dealing crack cocaine between July 17 and 28 this year in the Bramford Road and Yarmouth Road area of the town.

On Sunday he will spend his 21st birthday in a young offenders institute.

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He was arrested in a dawn raid by Suffolk police, while he was sleeping with a wad of notes totalling £919 in his back pocket.

Within those notes were three marked £20 notes used by undercover police officers who bought drugs from him.

Yesterday at Ipswich Crown Court Judge John Holt sentenced Williams to two and a half years in prison for each charge, to run concurrently.

He said: "It is quite clear that you were a dealer who had come from Ipswich to London to sell cocaine on the streets of Ipswich." Williams was made to pay £700 costs.

Also jailed was Gray, a Jamaican who moved here in 2002.

While in Jamaica Gray had been shot in the mouth and with a bullet still lodged in his neck he will have to have extensive facial surgery and was on prescribed pain killers.

Dreadlocked Gray, of no fixed abode, who is also an illegal immigrant, had also pleaded guilty in an earlier hearing to supplying cocaine to an undercover police officer.

The 32-year-old was sentenced to serve half of a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence with the rest becoming a suspended sentence.

Sullivan, of Gibbon Street, Ipswich was also from Jamaica had come to Britain. He pleaded guilty to one charge of supplying heroin after meeting the undercover police officers in Stevenson Road, Ipswich

He was seen by one of the officers selling heroin to another man who turned out to be Ian Higgins. He then turned to the police officers and sold them a rap of heroin for £20.

Sullivan will spend half his sentence in prison and the rest will be suspended.

Heroin addict Ian Higgins of Farriers Road Stowmarket, made a daily journey to Ipswich to get heroin from his contacts.

Higgins was let out of prison early from a six year sentence for dealing Class A drugs in London and had got off drugs but fell back into his addiction. His licence does not end until March next year.

He was caught when he supplied an undercover policeman with crack cocaine.

Earlier this year he pleaded guilty to three drugs charges including supplying the Class A drug.

Higgins, 32, took the officer to a flat in Burlington Road where he managed to get him £20 of crack cocaine.

Judge John Holt decided to give Higgins a chance and ordered him to take part in an intensive drug rehabilitation programme, which if he deviated from could see him back in prison.

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