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Ipswich drug dealer sentenced to five years and eight months in prison for being concerned in supply of Class A drugs

An Ipswich drug dealer has been jailed for more than five years after he admitted running a drugs line in the town.

Sanchez Hamilton, 31, of Hadleigh Road, pleaded guilty to running the 'mouse' drugs line in Ipswich between January 30, 2020 and September 16, 2020 at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday, after an investigation by Suffolk Police's Serious Crime Disruption Team (SCDT).

Police said the investigation began after Hamilton was involved in a fail-to-stop incident in rural Lincolnshire in February 2020, when he drove his Audi TT at officers at a speed in excess of 90mph.

Sanchez Hamilton. Picture: Suffolk Police
Sanchez Hamilton. Picture: Suffolk Police

He left the vehicle and ran from police. It was later established that, after abandoning his vehicle, Hamilton had walked to a nearby village before travelling to Hull by taxi.

When police searched his vehicle, they recovered £5,000 in cash and a Nokia mobile phone - which was later attributed to Hamilton and linked to the supply of class A drugs into Ipswich.

Officers in Lincolnshire initially dealt with Hamilton, and he claimed his vehicle had been stolen from his driveway in Ipswich, which was disproved by detectives from Suffolk's SCDT.

As part of the ongoing investigation, a warrant was executed at Hamilton's home address and police found a number of items including a quantity of heroin and cash. He was subsequently charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Yesterday, Hamilton was sentenced to five years and eight months in jail.

Det Con Chris Townrow, of the SCDT, said: "This is another great result that gets another drug dealer off the streets of Ipswich.

"Hamilton has paid the price for thinking he could evade the law and this considerable prison sentence reflects his criminal intentions on this occasion.

"This sends out a strong message that we won’t tolerate drug dealing and we will target those who decide to supply drugs on the streets of Suffolk.”

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.

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