Wife sobs as drug dealer found guilty
A JAMAICAN drug dealer, who set up business in Ipswich, today faces the prospect of a jail term followed by deportation.With the sobs of his wife ringing in his ears, Livingston Moodie was led away to the cells after his conviction for possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply.
A JAMAICAN drug dealer, who set up business in Ipswich, today faces the prospect of a jail term followed by deportation.
With the sobs of his wife ringing in his ears, Livingston Moodie was led away to the cells after his conviction for possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply.
As he was left Norwich Crown Court, the 25-year-old acknowledged her with a big smile and a cheery wave.
Moodie is now remanded in custody until his sentencing on September 3 at King's Lynn Crown Court.
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Following the jury's guilty verdict yesterday, Judge Peter Jacobs highlighted the growing trend of young men from London targeting other towns and cities to set up supply lines for the drugs they sell.
Moodie, of Lordship Road, Hackney, arrived in England in June last year. He married British citizen, Monica Springer, in London, four months later. In court Moodie claimed his wife supported him from her £16,000 a year job. However the jury heard she also had four children to support with her salary.
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Moodie was arrested at a flat in London Road, Ipswich, where he claimed to be visiting a friend named Tracey early on November 5 last year.
During his trial the court was told that when police swooped, he made a run for it while handcuffed, trying to dump crack cocaine worth around £1,000 as he fled.
Moodie, who denied the drugs' charges, claimed he attempted to escape because he feared a Jamaican police-style beating.
Jonathan Seely, prosecuting, told the court Moodie had managed to struggle free from police and while making his escape bid, he was seen to slow down and put one hand down the back of his jeans.
After he was caught again, a package was found near where he had slowed down containing crack cocaine with a street value of between £540 and £840 and heroin with a street value of between £400 and £700.
Moodie claimed he had not tried to remove anything from the back of his jeans when he was running away. He said: “I could not move my hands. They were handcuffed behind me.”
He also said he had two children in Jamaica and was in England to study.
While arresting Moodie, police also found he was carrying £690 in cash, which he claimed he had because his door key had broken that morning and as he had not got a bank account he feared being burgled.