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A man was arrested after police who searched his Newmarket home and found evidence of drug dealing, it has been alleged.

Neil Parnell, 51, is on trial at Ipswich Crown Court after pleading not guilty to possession of amphetamine with intent to supply.

It is alleged that a tin containing the class B drug was discovered inside a freezer drawer at Parnell’s home in Skeaping Close, Newmarket on August 5 last year.

Prosecutor Nicola May told the jury that during an hour-long search of the property police also found glucose, which is often used as a cutting agent for drugs and a quantity of small plastic bags. Two knives in the kitchen were found to bear traces of amphetamine.

Parnell was stopped by police while driving his BMW car along Newmarket’s Bury Road later the same day and as he was being checked into a police investigation centre a CD case which fell from his pocket was also found to carry traces of the drug.

Miss May said the amphetamine found at Parnell’s home had a street value of around £600.

Parnell admitted owning the drug but claimed that it was for his own use as he had a “significant amphetamine habit”. He claimed that he had bought the drug for £120 “on tick” and that the plastic bags had only been used for items he found while metal detecting.

The trial continues.

 

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