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Man, 32, found with scales and cash in car jailed for 30 months after admitting intent to supply class A drugs in Ipswich




A 32-year-old man who was found with bags of white powder, scales and cash in his car has been jailed after admitting possessing class A drugs with intent to supply them in Ipswich.

Thomas McKeown, of the Ipswich area, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday where he was sentenced to 30 months – or two and a half years – in prison.

He had pleaded guilty to charges of possession with intent to supply drugs and being concerned in the supply of drugs at an earlier hearing on October 28.

Thomas McKeown, 32, of Lower Somersham has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for drug offences in Ipswich. Picture: Suffolk Police (43212266)
Thomas McKeown, 32, of Lower Somersham has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for drug offences in Ipswich. Picture: Suffolk Police (43212266)

It follows an incident in the town when, on September 9, police stopped the vehicle he was driving on Ellenbrook Road.

Officers searched the vehicle and recovered several bags of white powder, believed to be class A drugs, as well as scales and a quantity of cash.

He was arrested and taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning and was subsequently charged with the offences.

Sgt Mike Moon from the Operation Sentinel team, who made the arrest, said: "This stop of a suspicious vehicle and the subsequent discovery of the drugs was a great piece of observational police work and demonstrates the value of the Sentinel team.

"Apart from the initial arrest, it also required a considerable amount of diligent and thorough police investigative work to secure the case and get it to court.

"It’s a great demonstration of how we can swiftly intercept offenders to disrupt criminal activity, seize their assets and then convict them to protect our local communities.”

The Sentinel team works to disrupt serious and organised criminal activity, as well as increasing police visibility.

Anyone who has information about drug use in their community is asked to contact their local policing team on 101 or alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their anonymous online form.

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