Lowestoft man jailed for drug offences
A man from Lowestoft has been sentenced for drug offences.
67 year old Peter Bartram of Gondree in Lowestoft appeared before Ipswich Crown Court onWednesday 1 December where he was sentenced to three years in jail. It follows an earlier court hearing where he pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs – namely cocaine, possession of an offensive weapon, namely a knuckle duster and possession of criminal property, namely £3000 in cash.
It follows an incident on Tuesday 14 September this year when officers saw Bartram driving a blue Seat Leon on the A14 in Newmarket. He was searched under section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act by officers and he was subsequently arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cocaine and taken to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre.
The vehicle was searched by officers and they recovered two blocks of cocaine, totalling two kilogrammes worth and with a street value in the region of £160,000 to £200,000. They were found in the footwell behind the driver’s seat and contained in a rucksack. Also recovered from the vehicle were two mobile phones. After the arrest, a search of Bartram also found he was in possession of around £500 in cash.
A search was authorised of his home address and a further £3000 in cash was recovered and he was further arrested on suspicion of money laundering. A knuckleduster was also seized from the address. He was subsequently charged the following day with the offences.
Det. Sergeant John Beales said: “This stop of a suspicious vehicle and the subsequent discovery of the drugs was a great piece of police work. Apart from the initial arrest, it also required a considerable amount of diligent and thorough police investigative work to secure the case and get it to court.
“Bartram was determined to sell drugs bringing misery to residents and vulnerable people. This conviction should serve as a stark warning to those who would commit these impactive crimes. Suffolk Constabulary is committed to tackling and dismantling groups seeking to profit from the sale of Class A drugs and the exploitation of vulnerable persons.”
Anyone who has information about drug use in their community is asked to contact their local policing team on 101 or alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.
Please find below images of the knuckle duster recovered