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Two men jailed after police find drugs in house at Leiston

PUBLISHED: 11:10 14 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:52 17 July 2017

Bradley Tanner, 29, of Sylvester Road, Leiston, and Michael Wingrove, 23, of Pembroke Close, Ipswich. Picture: SUFFOLK POLICE

Bradley Tanner, 29, of Sylvester Road, Leiston, and Michael Wingrove, 23, of Pembroke Close, Ipswich. Picture: SUFFOLK POLICE

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Two Suffolk men who were arrested after police seized drugs from a house in Leiston have been given jail sentences totalling nine years.

Ricky McGovern was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court.Ricky McGovern was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court.

Officers went to a house in Sylvester Road, Leiston, on March 9 last year and were let into the property by Michael Wingrove, 23, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

On being told they wanted to see 29-year-old Bradley Tanner, Wingrove took them upstairs where Tanner was asleep, said Richard Potts, prosecuting.

As they went into the bedroom, the officers saw Wingrove grab a wrap of cannabis from a cupboard and held it in his clenched fist. Three other wraps of heroin and cocaine were found in the room and Wingrove’s fingerprint was found on the inner packaging on one of them.

Wingrove, of Pembroke Close, Ipswich, and Tanner, of Sylvester Road, Leiston, were found guilty after an earlier trial of possessing heroin and cocaine with intent to supply.

Tanner admitted two offences of being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin and Wingrove was committed to the crown court for sentence for possessing cannabis and assault by beating.

They were each jailed for four-and-a-half years for the drug offences and Wingrove was given three months to run consecutively for the assault.

Mr Potts said the assault charge against Wingrove related to an incident in Portman Road, Ipswich on January 17 when he grabbed his former partner by the collar and slapped her face after she told him he might not be the father of her child.

Roger Thomson for Tanner said his client had been struggling with a class A drug addiction for some years and since February this year he had sought help for his drug problem and was “motivated to make a sustained recovery.”

Lynne Shirley for Wingrove said her client was aware he was facing a custodial sentence for the possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to supply offences.

She said only three wraps of drugs found at the house in Sylvester Road and the cannabis found in Wingrove’s possession on other occasions when he was stopped by police was for personal use.

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