Man jailed for 3 years for supplying drugs

A man from Ipswich has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to supplying drugs.

Francis Snell, aged 35 and of Montgomery Road in Ipswich appeared at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday, Thursday 23 March, where he admitted being concerned in the supply of class A drugs, namely cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin.

The offences took place between 1 October 2022 and 21 February 2023.

Snell was arrested at his home address on Wednesday 22 February in connection with other offences at which point his phone was seized and the phone data analysed. This data revealed bulk messages had been sent to potential drug users advertising drugs for sale.

Snell also admitted the offence of possession of heroin, for which he received a six-month prison term to run concurrently to the three years, but denied further charges including three counts of possession class C drugs with intent and these were left to lay on file.

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Previous release | 23 February 2023
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Police have charged a man from Ipswich in connection with drug offences.

Officers arrested a 35-year-old man on suspicion of being concerned in supplying controlled drugs on Wednesday 22 February. The man was taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

Francis Snell, from Montgomery Road, Ipswich, was subsequently charged with being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine, being concerned in the supply of heroin, and possession with intent to supply a controlled Class C drug.

He was remanded and was due to appear before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court today Thursday 23 February.