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Man jailed for six years for Ipswich drug offences

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A man has been jailed for nearly six years after being convicted of drug offences in Ipswich.

27 year old Jah-mal Ohene-Darko of Watling Gardens in London appeared before Ipswich Crown Court today (Friday 26 November) and was jailed for 71 months after he pleaded guilty.

It follows an incident on 4 June this year when police went to make a welfare check on an individual at a property in Bond Street in Ipswich. The door was not been answered so entry was gained with keys and officer found two males located inside. Both individuals were searched and a large quantity of cash and three mobile phones devices were located.

Jah-mal Ohene-Darko was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of drugs and taken to Marltesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning. He was subsequently charged with being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin. A 25 year old male who was with Ohene was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a class A drug and also taken into custody. No further action was taken against him.

Subsequent police investigations established that the phones seized were being used to run a ‘County Line’ drug dealing operation with links to London.
The arrest was made as part of Operation Orochi – an operation set up by Suffolk Constabulary with the Metropolitan Police to tackle County Lines drug dealing that operates between London and Suffolk.

Investigating Officer DC Fortune of the Serious Crime Disruption Team said: “County lines drug dealing has a terrible impact on Ipswich and the surrounding area. The sentence passed today reflects this and I hope that Mr Ohene-Darko's conviction will serve as both an example of what awaits other drug dealers and how meticulously we at Suffolk police will work to put such individuals behind bars".

The SCDT core aim is to disrupt serious and organised gangs whose criminal activity focuses on issues such as drug supply and harmful personal acquisitive crime such as robbery/burglary. The team develop the relevant information and intelligence, conduct enforcement activity and then provide an officer who will build the case and see the investigation through to trial. 

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.