Drug dealing pair jailed for combined total of almost seven years for supplying heroin and cocaine in Ipswich
Two men have been jailed for a combined total of almost seven years after admitting supplying Class A drugs in Ipswich.
The pair – Logan Burnett, 23, and Ben Taylor, 24 – were sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday after a police investigation into drug dealing in the town.
Burnett, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to four years in prison, while Taylor, of Bull Road in Ipswich, was given a two-year and 10-month jail term.
It follows a police investigation which officers said was centred around the 'Santos' drug business in Ipswich that was supplying Class A drugs.
Both Taylor and Burnett were linked to mobile phones used by the drug line advertising the sale of drugs, with Taylor using the nickname ‘Scratchy’ and Burnett ‘Itchy.’
On March 10 this year both men were arrested in a red Renault Clio on the A12 at Great Wenham after a police pursuit, having initially failed to stop for the officers.
During a search of the vehicle, mobile phones linked to drug dealing were located, while 60g of cocaine was later found on the A12, believed to have been thrown from the car.
Following his arrest, Burnett was charged with being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs – heroin and crack cocaine – between January 18, 2020 and May 20, 2020 and possession of cannabis.
Meanwhile Taylor was charged with being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs – heroin and crack cocaine – between January 18, 2020 and May 20, 2020.
At an earlier hearing at Ipswich Magistrates Court, Burnett pleaded guilty to possession of heroin and cocaine with intent to supply and possession of cocaine and cannabis.
Both defendants admitted being concerned in the supply of heroin and cocaine.
Det Sgt Mark Hughes from the Serious Crime Disruption Team said: "To see these two drug dealers off the streets is great news.
"Both were operators, determined to sell on the streets of Ipswich bringing misery to residents and vulnerable people.
"This is the kind of activity we are targeting and we will continue to take robust action against those who deal drugs around the county.
"We will continue to listen to concerns of residents and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to tackle Class A drug dealing in the county.
"The force wants to ensure the county remains a hostile environment for those involved in the supply of drugs.”
Anyone who has information about drug use in their community is asked to contact their local policing team on 101.
Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their anonymous online form.