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24 April 2013, 14:17
A Lowestoft man has been jailed after admitting dealing crack cocaine.
46 year old Mitchell Martin, formerly of the Kirkley and Pakefield area of the town, was arrested after police executed a warrant at an address in Kendal Road on Wednesday 1 August last year.
Officers from the Lowestoft-based Territorial Support Team attended the property and quickly detained Martin who was found to be holding a rock of crack cocaine in his hand, with further quantities of the drug recovered from a pocket in the jeans he was wearing.
A search of the address also led to scales, mobile phones, further small amounts of crack cocaine and other items associated with dealing the drug being seized.
Messages relating to the supply of drugs were found on the phones and, after further evidence was gathered, Martin was charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to supply and supplying crack cocaine.
After pleading guilty he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday, 19 April, and was sentenced to two years and four months.
Officer in the case PC Darren Benford-Brown said; “From our investigation it became clear that Martin had a role in supplying crack cocaine in Lowestoft and was beginning to build a client base when we carried out the warrant. He is one of a number of Lowestoft dealers who have recently been jailed by the courts and the sentence sends a message that anyone involved in the supply of class A drugs faces a term of imprisonment.
“We will continue to work to catch those who are dealing as this is often linked to other crimes committed in the town.”