Man, 52, jailed for role in supply of drugs

Two teenagers were approached by a man in a car who asked them to get in
Two teenagers were approached by a man in a car who asked them to get in

A man from Haverhill has been sent to prison for his involvement in a drug supply operation.

Gary Phillips, 52, admitted allowing premises to be used for the supply of illegal drugs.

Police with a warrant had searched his rented two bedroom bungalow in Bentinck Crescent,

Newmarket, on June 3 last year and discovered cocaine, drug dealing equipment and cash, Ipswich Crown Court heard on Friday.

Phillips, was present together with Kia Pearson, 19, and Reece McDonald-Staples, 20.

Prosecuting, Andrew Thompson said more than 50 wraps of cocaine were found in a box on a sofa, a larger single amount of cocaine in the attic, two wraps of heroin and on McDonald-Staples more than £440 in cash.

A set of scales standing on a coffee table were found to contain drug residue while in an exercise book police officers found a handwritten list of what appeared to be drug transactions and names.

Plastic sheet of the same sort used to create the cocaine wraps was also found.

Forensic examination of the exercise book revealed the fingerprints of both Pearson and McDonald-Staples, said Mr Thompson.

When interviewed by police, Phillips, now of Ickleton Place, Haverhill, Pearson, of Queen Elizabeth Lodge, Hackney and McDonald-Staples of Baden Powell Close, Dagenham, all declined to answer any questions, the court heard.

Later Pearson and McDonald-Staples pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs while Phillips pleaded guilty to allowing premises to be used for the supply of drugs.

Mr Thompson said: “This is a classic modus operandi used frequently in this region where a drug user with property is identified.

“Suppliers from London or elsewhere come in and take residence there for some time and from that location they package drugs they have brought with them.”

In mitigation, Nicholas Jennaway said that Phillips regretted what he had done and was placed under pressure to allow his bungalow to be used.

Mr Recorder Andrew Marsden jailed Phillips for 12 months and sentenced Pearson and McDonald-Staples to be detained for 12 months in a Young Offenders Institution.