Man jailed for Ipswich drug offences
A man has been jailed for over five years for drug dealing offences in Ipswich.
Adam Ballo, aged 26 and from Ripple Road in Barking was jailed at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday 23 July for five years and seven months for being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin. It follows an investigation into a County Line he was running which operated from London to Ipswich between February and June 2021.
Through phone analysis police identified Ballo as running the class A drug supply operation and a warrant executed at his home address in London recovered £3,000 in cash, a quantity of crack cocaine and heroin, and a mobile phone to supply Ipswich based class A drug users.
Investigating Officer, DC Jared Fortune, from the Serious Crime Disruption Team said: “Time after time when it comes to sentencing after a guilty plea, drug dealers like Mr Ballo indicate to the court that they had no other choice than to supply crack and heroin. However, there are many other individuals who experience similarly adverse circumstances yet make lawful and morally good decisions by seeking support through the proper channels – they don’t end up running a county line. Crack and heroin supply gives rise to many other offences committed by vulnerable drug users who seek to score so I am glad that the very inappropriately named “Saviour line” can no longer be the catalyst of such”.
If you suspect drug dealing is taking place in your area or see anything suspicious or out of place, please tell us. You don’t have to be certain, just concerned. Call police on 101, or alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers to report anonymously – either online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling 0800 555 111.