Ipswich Drug dealer jailed for five years

An Ipswich based drug dealer has yesterday (Tuesday 20 January) been sentenced to five years in prison.

Idris Farah, aged 22, of Luther Road in Ipswich was charged with possession with intent to supply Class A – crack cocaine and also heroin.

Farah was searched and arrested by officers in Fuchsia Lane on Friday 27 June 2014 and found with over 200 wraps of crack and heroin, worth an approximate street value of £3,000. He pleaded guilty at Ipswich Crown Court on the first day of his trial on Wednesday 3 December 2014 before being sentenced yesterday.

Ipswich Policing Commander, Superintendent Louisa Pepper said: “This sends a clear message to drug dealers who operate in Suffolk; this activity will not be tolerated and you will be put behind bars for your actions. I also hope that this result reassures the local community that we are targeting the issue of drugs within Ipswich.

“We are acting on intelligence and getting out on the streets to catch offenders red-handed with drugs in their possession. This case was an excellent piece of work by officers who saw Idris getting out of a taxi and acting suspiciously. He then attempted to run away from officers on foot, but was pursued and arrested shortly afterwards.

“Suffolk Police takes drug crime seriously. We recognise that drugs have serious effects not on only for those who use them, but also for the communities affected by this kind of criminality.”

Farah was also sentenced for two counts of possession with intent to supply while on remand in Norwich Prison. It comes after a targeted search was carried out by prison staff on 25 September 2014 where 125 wraps of crack cocaine and a wrap of heroin were recovered.

Inspector Nik Hewitt, Local Policing Commander for Norwich North, welcomed the sentenced adding: “This sends a clear message that whether you are involved in the supply of illegal drugs on the streets or in prison, you will be targeted, dealt with and put before the courts; being a prisoner does not mean you are free to continue with criminal activity.”

Stew Kelly, Head of Security and Intelligence at HMP Norwich, said: “This conviction and sentence is a result of the outstanding work by staff at HMP Norwich. The drugs were seized during an intelligence led search operation as part of our strategy to disrupt and prevent drug supply and the associated order and control threats in custody.

“We are committed to robust management and challenge of those prisoners who view it as acceptable to commit criminal offences whilst in our custody while also working with partner agencies; in particular Norfolk Police and the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) which was at the very heart of this success.”