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Felixstowe drug dealer found with heroin in Kinder Surprise egg jailed for three years



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A Suffolk drug dealer who was found with heroin hidden in a Kinder Surprise egg has been jailed for more than three years.

Barry Arnold, 32, of Sea Road in Felixstowe, was sentenced to three years and three months in prison yesterday after he pleaded guilty to offences of being in possession of both crack cocaine and heroin with the intention to supply at Ipswich Crown Court.

It comes after officers stopped the vehicle Arnold was travelling in on Hintlesham Road in Felixstowe on June 20, 2019 and searched the vehicle.

Barry Arnold. Picture: Suffolk Police
Barry Arnold. Picture: Suffolk Police

During the search, a white rock - that was later confirmed to be crack cocaine - was recovered from his trouser pocket, as well as around £500 in cash.

Arnold also had a bag containing various items of drug paraphernalia including a crack pipe, two electronic weighing scales and a black 'burner' phone.

He was arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs and taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

In a subsequent search of Arnold when he was in custody, a Kinder Surprise egg was found that contained three wraps of diamorphine (heroin), as well as a large package of both crack cocaine and heroin.

He was subsequently charged with possession with the intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin.

In total, the drugs recovered were valued at about £2,000, while an examination of his phone found multiple outgoing bulk messages marketing Class A drugs, as well as evidence which indicated Arnold was using vulnerable individuals as 'drug runners' in his drugs operation.

Investigation Officer Det Con Jared Fortune of the Serious Crime Disruption Team said: "Arnold’s drug supply enterprise was a thorn in the side of Felixstowe as it brought both violence and chaos to many lives.

"I am hopeful that, as he spends the next few years in a cell, his absence from Felixstowe’s streets will help the town recover.

"I must commend the work of the Felixstowe SNT for the proactive stop that gave rise to the discovery of Mr Arnold’s drugs business and also to the CPS barrister, Mr Duncan O’Donnell, for presenting the case so effectively at court.”

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