Ipswich man found with £20,000 worth of cocaine in car is jailed
Filipi Emiljan, of Park Road, was handed a four year and six months prison term at Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday after he admitted possession with intent to supply.
His Vauxhall Astra was stopped by Operation Sentinel officers in January this year in Chapel St Mary, where police found blocks of cocaine worth around £20,000.
When officers later raided his flat they found £2,000 in cash, and Emiljan was charged with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and possession of criminal property, namely cash.
Detectives from Suffolk's serious crime disruption team later found Filipi had made a substantial financial gain from his significant role in the illegal drugs trade.
After the hearing DC Jared Fortune, the investigating officer, praised the work of Suffolk's Sentinel team in finding the 'substantial' amount of drugs.
"After he said very little to me in his custodial interview, I believe I saw both anguish and regret in Mr Filipi as I read him the charges which suggests a realisation of both the severity and the stupidity of involving himself in commercial drug supply," he said.
"I am therefore hopeful that the sentence passed can be his first and last conviction in this country should he so choose.”
The Sentinel team is designed to enhanced coverage of Suffolk’s road network to proactively disrupt serious and organised criminal activity as well as increasing police visibility.