A Newmarket woman caught dealing heroin in an undercover police operation has been jailed.
Twenty-nine-year-old drug user Kay Fowler, of George Lambton Avenue, who was already the subject of a suspended jail term imposed for handling stolen goods, was arrested as part of a major anti-drugs initiative code-named Operation Forbes.
She pleaded guilty to two charges of supplying heroin and being in breach of the suspended sentence and at Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday was sentenced to a total of 25 months imprisonment. She was also ordered to pay £100 victim surcharge.
Prosecuting, Richard Potts said that on July 11 Fowler had sold two wraps of heroin for £20 to an undercover police officer identified only as Danny.
The following day Fowler had taken the same officer to a flat in the town where she handed over £60 worth of heroin.
Mr Pott said that while at the flat, the police officer could see a quantity of a brown powder on a plastic sheet in the kitchen together with plastic bags and a set of electronic scales.
Fowler was arrested and admitted that she had been involved in supplying heroin. The court heard that at the time she was using drugs.
Mitigating, Declan Gallagher said despite having previous convictions, these were Fowler’s first for the supply of drugs and since being held on remand she had managed to become drug free through her own efforts.
Sentencing her, Judge Rupert Overbury told Fowler street dealing had “an appalling effect” not only on drug addicts by prolonging their addiction but also on the wider community, as addicts resorted to crime like shoplifting to fund their habits.
“That is why it affects local businesses and traders. It can lead to local businesses closing down,” he said.