Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 15°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Ipswich/Worcester: Drug dealers Sanchez Hamilton and Aiden Collins get jail terms totalling nearly 10 years

17:16 10 February 2014

Drug dealer Sanchez Hamilton

Drug dealer Sanchez Hamilton

Two drug dealers from Ipswich who were part of a large-scale cocaine and heroin ring have been jailed for a total of nine years and eight months.

 Drug dealer Aiden Collins
Drug dealer Aiden Collins

Sanchez Hamilton, formerly of Lakeside Close, Ipswich, and Aiden Collins, of Peterhouse Close, Ipswich, were among an 11-strong gang sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court.

Hamilton, now of no fixed abode, was given seven years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin.

The 24-year-old, who at one stage was a promising local footballer in Ipswich, had become one of the most trusted dealers of the ring’s kingpin, Craig Wright.

The pair met while serving prison sentences. Wright, a 29-year-old Liverpudlian, placed Hamilton in the Worcester area to oversee his drug dealing operation in the city.

In 2010, Hamilton was jailed for two years after his then-girlfriend sustained serious facial injuries when he drove along Manchester Road in Ipswich with her on the roof of his Audi A3.

She had been trying to stop him from driving because she thought he had been drinking.

Collins was imprisoned for two years and eight months after admitting conspiracy to supply crack cocaine, heroin and cannabis. The 25-year-old worked as a drug runner for Hamilton and Wright.

In total the gang were sentenced to more than 53 years for being part of a conspiracy to supply drugs in Worcester.

Wright used threats of violence and intimidation to run his operation, even while in prison.

The sentencings were the culmination of a West Mercia Police investigation into the gang which was based mainly in Worcester, but had contacts across the country.

The gang were believed to have been active since 2007.

Wright admitted conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin as well as money laundering and was sentenced to eight years and eight months in jail.

0 comments

L-R Dad Christopher Hodgkinson, James and mum Angela together on holiday

A nine-year-old boy from Suffolk is preparing to fly to Rome for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – where he will sing for the Pope.

RAF Honington - Barnham Camp.

A 62-year-old motorcyclist who died at the scene of a two vehicle collision near RAF Barnham on Thursday has been named as Peter Hancock from Sudbury.

Made in Dagenham's Daniella Bowen and cast. Photo: Mark Sepple

It’s been nearly 50 years since women workers at Ford’s Dagenham plant went on strike for equal rights, writes Wayne Savage.

Do you know this man? Police have released an e-fit image following a burglary in Braintree

Police have released an e-fit image of a man they want to speak to in connection to a burglary in Braintree.

Ipswich Crown Court

A father stabbed by his son more than 30 times during a row about a printer has asked a court for a restraining order banning all contact between them to be reinstated.

Fire Service Stock Pictures

A fire engine from Ipswich’s Princes Street station was called to extinguish a fire in a pile of rubbish this morning.

People in Earl Soham are concerned about the erosion of their village green.

It is the proud centrepiece of many an English village - but in one Suffolk community it is disappearing by the day.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24