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Clare man to stand trial on drug dealing and money laundering charges

A painter and decorator from Clare has denied charges of drug dealing and money laundering.

At Ipswich Crown Court this morning, Thomas Butler, 25, of Bridewell Street, pleaded not guilty to one count of being involved in the supply of cocaine and one count of concealing £17,984 earned from the proceeds of crime.

Both offences are alleged to have taken place between January 2017 and February 2019.

Ipswich Crown Court
Ipswich Crown Court

Bruce Clark, for Butler, told the court: "He has always been a recreational drug user. It's always been seen by him as being on a non commercial basis."

Mr Clark added that Butler worked as a painter and decorator and that he drove a car worth less than £1,000, which was 'not indicative' of him being a drug dealer.

Judge Emma Peters said police had stopped Butler as he drove his car and found 1.87grams of cocaine in his jacket on the back seat of the car before taking him to his home, which was searched.

Butler was given unconditional bail and told his trial would be listed for the week beginning January 4, 2021 and is expected to last for three days.

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