Dealer caught with heroin sent to jail

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A drug dealer caught with 25 wraps of heroin on his way to meet a buyer has been jailed for two years.

Adam Mitchell, 22, was arrested during a police anti-drug campaign in the Sudbury area in June last year.

On Thursday, Ipswich Crown Court heard how Mitchell, of Overing Avenue, Great Waldingfield, was detained while parking a car in Poplar Road, Great Cornard.

He confessed to police officers at the scene that he had a package concealed under his clothing but added: “I don’t know what it is.”

A second man who was a passenger in the car was also arrested but has since gone to ground, said Richard Kelly prosecuting.

When the package that Mitchell was carrying was opened, it was found to contain 25 wraps of heroin with an estimated street value of £600.

Mr Kelly said that, following his arrest, Mitchell gave officers details of where deliveries of drugs had been made in Sudbury, including an address in East Street and the car park of a DIY store. Before he was caught, 39 deals had been delivered, he claimed.

Mitchell also revealed that the drugs were part of a regular £1,200 purchase made by an associate from a man in Ipswich.

The court heard that Mitchell had pleaded guilty to possession of heroin with intent to supply, being concerned with the supply of heroin and being concerned with the supply of cocaine.

Mitchell told police that when he realised the type of drugs he was being involved in supplying, he had limited his role to being a driver in return for petrol money.

In mitigation, Andrew Thompson said his client had no previous convictions, had pleaded guilty at an early stage and was not a drug user.

Mitchell had agreed to become involved to earn money to pay off a debt, said Mr Thompson. He said: “Once he got involved, he found it difficult to extricate himself.”

Jailing him for two years, Judge David Goodin told Mitchell: “People frequently get involved in drugs because of financial obligations. They see drug dealing as an easy way to pay off debts.”

Judge Goodin said he accepted that Mitchell was not the leader of the operation but added: “The court has to deal with a class A drug dealer severely.”