14 years for two Ipswich based drug offenders
Two people have been sentenced in connection with drug offences after an operation led by Suffolk Police’s Serious Crime Disruption Team.
It follows a series of arrests and drugs warrant conducted in the Ipswich area to disrupt drug operations in the town.
Today (Thursday 21 November) 19 year old Afjal Miah of Allenby Road in Ipswich was sentenced to seven years three months in jail and Jordan Keeble of Fife Road in Ipswich, was sentenced to seven years six months in jail.
Both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin at an earlier hearing.
It follows the earlier sentencing at Ipswich Crown Court 21 year old where D’arro O’Connor of Parnell Road of Ipswich was found guilty of conspiring to supply crack cocaine and heroin. O'Connor was sentenced to a two-year suspended sentence, 240 hours unpaid work and excluded from Ipswich for a total of 12 months.
21 year old Brandon Alford of St John’s Road in Ipswich and 19 year old Morgan Peake of Ribbans Park Road pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin. Peake was sentenced to a two-year suspended sentence, 240 hours unpaid work and on an electronic curfew. Alford was sentenced to three years in a Young Offender Institute.
The convictions follow a number of warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act that took place from July 2018 to March this year at various properties including St John’s Road in Ipswich, Ford View in Stowmarket, Hilton Road in Ipswich and Fife Road in Ipswich.
Large quantities of class A drugs, mobile phones containing messages consistent with the supply of class A drugs and various items of drug paraphernalia were recovered from these warrants.
Detective Inspector Mark Pollikett said: "These sentences handed out are a clear demonstration of our collective determination to tackle drug activity and get the scourge of drugs off our streets.
"The message remains the same - under the force wide Operation Velocity banner we want to make Suffolk a hostile environment for those who think they can come into our county and deal drugs, and anyone caught breaking the law will be dealt with robustly.
"The force will also continue its work with other police forces to tackle drug crime as the issue is one that is cross-border and that has a wider impact that is not limited to Suffolk.”
Investigating officer Detective Constable Chris Townrow said: "To see these individuals under lock and key is of great satisfaction.
"It was a complex drugs business with many hallmarks of a typical operation. The perpetrators, selling on the streets of Ipswich, were bringing misery to residents and vulnerable people, a network of phones were integral to their dealing exploits and the operation also involved the exchange of large amounts of money.”
If you suspect drug dealing is taking place or you are concerned that a young person or vulnerable adult may have been targeted by an organised crime group, please tell us. You don’t have to be certain, just concerned.
Call us on 101 or if you prefer you can contact Crimestoppers to report anonymously – online or by calling 0800 555 111.