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21 September 2010, 17:18
Two men have been sentenced to a total of 10 years and three months in prison for drug dealing in Norwich.
At a previous hearing, 25 year old Andrias Shipena of Beverley Road, Norwich and 31 year old Damien Devere Holder of Motum Road, Norwich pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply a Class A drug – Cocaine and conspiracy to possess a Class A drug with intent to supply – Ecstasy. Holder also pleaded guilty to having an offensive weapon.
On Thursday 6 May this year, Holder and Shipena were stopped by police on Elm Hill, Norwich after being seen acting suspiciously. Shipena was found in possession of drugs. The car they were in was searched by officers where further Class A drugs were found. Holder was searched and found to be in possession of a lock knife.
Further drugs with a street value estimated to be £2000 were discovered by officers from the Norwich Tactical Crime Unit while searching their home addresses in Norwich.
At Norwich Crown Court on Friday 17 September, Shipena was sentenced to a total of five years in prison and Holder was sentenced to a total of five years and three months in prison.
DC Mike Cox from the Norwich Tactical Crime Unit said “We are very pleased with the outcome of this case as drug dealing can cause a misery for users, their families and the wider community.
“These men were operating illegally in the city and this is positive action to help remove Class A drugs from the streets and prevent dealing from going on in the city. We hope this sentencing will offer some reassurance to people in Norwich that we do act on information to bring those involved in drug dealing to justice and we would encourage anyone who has suspicions to contact the police.”