Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 1°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Ipswich: Drug dealing addicts Roy Backhouse and Darren Bray jailed for supplying heroin to undercover police officer

15:31 01 July 2014

Jailed drug dealer Roy Backhouse

Jailed drug dealer Roy Backhouse

Archant

Two drug dealers have been jailed after being caught selling heroin to an undercover police officer in Ipswich.

shares
Jailed drug dealer Darren BrayJailed drug dealer Darren Bray

Roy Backhouse, 54, of London Road, Ipswich, was sentenced to 20 months’ imprisonment by the town’s crown court after previously pleading guilty to supplying a Class A drug.

Darren Bray, 38, of St George’s Street, Ipswich, was given a 26-month jail term after admitting two counts of the same offence.

Prosecutor Nicola May said the offences occurred on September 23 and 25 last year during a covert police operation.

At just after midday on September 23 an undercover officer known as ‘Chris’ contacted Bray and arranged to meet him outside Iceland in St Matthew’s Street, Ipswich.

Both men then walked into the Civic Drive subway where Bray asked Chris what he wanted.

When Chris said he wanted drugs Bray started telephoning numbers in an attempt to find a dealer.

The pair then went to London Road where they saw pony-tailed Backhouse.

Bray handed over some money given to him by Chris, and Backhouse gave him a matchbox in return.

Bray took out a wrap of heroin, containing two smaller wraps, and gave it to Chris.

Photographs were taken of the transaction as part of the covert operation.

The court heard that when Backhouse’s mobile telephone was checked after his arrest messages linked to the ‘Marlow’ drug business were found, although he claimed he did not work for the gang.

On September 25 Chris met up with another man in Civic Drive, before they went on to meet Bray in Portman Road.

The meeting was observed by police surveillance officers.

Miss May said Bray asked Chris and the other man if they wanted ‘to score’.

When they said yes, Bray called a man named Rock and ordered drugs.

They eventually went to the area around St Matthew’s Church where Bray collected heroin and handed it to Chris in exchange for £10.

The court heard Bray and Backhouse, a former dock worker, both had previous convictions and were addicts.

In addition to pleading guilty to the drug charge Backhouse also admitted he was in breach of a conditional discharge he was given on February 4 last year for possessing a Class A drug.

shares
Southend United fans run onto the pitch towards Colchester United during the match between Southend United and Colchester United at Roots Hall, Southend. 
Picture by Focus Images Ltd
06/02/2016

A police investigation has been launched after a Southend United fan ran onto the pitch and assaulted a number of Colchester supporters during the derby match at the weekend.

The Mid Suffolk Light Railway prepares for its Easter weekend event. Zach Bond cleaning a train.

More visitors attended a Suffolk heritage railway than ever before, according to figures.

 Felistowe beach

Winds of up to 100mph swept across the region today and caused travel chaos for many in Suffolk and Essex.

Felixstowe Road, levington closed after roofing blows off building.

The road was closed in both directions between the Strattonhall Drift and the Bridge Road junctions.

Members of the Leiston Works Railway Trust attempting to clear the track on part of a disused line

It’s been more than 40 years since trains last ran to and from the engineering works in Leiston.

Aldeburgh and Coastal Young People's Film Festival -  Windstorm

More than 20 special events are taking place over two weeks to engage young people’s interest in the world of cinema.

A file picture of Essex Fire and Rescue Service at work.

A woman suffered burns to her chest during a house fire in Essex tonight.

Most read

Fred Olsen Travel Sale

cover

Click here to view
the Fred Olsen
Travel Sale

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24