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Drug dealer off town streets

PUBLISHED: 21:27 03 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:26 05 July 2010

POLICE chiefs have praised an in-depth investigation that led to an early-morning raid on one of the main drug dealers in Lowestoft.

Christian Rafferty was behind bars this week after 7½oz of heroin with an estimated street value of £4,500 and sell-on value of more than £20,000 were taken off the town's streets.

POLICE chiefs have praised an in-depth investigation that led to an early-morning raid on one of the main drug dealers in Lowestoft.

Christian Rafferty was behind bars this week after 7½oz of heroin with an estimated street value of £4,500 and sell-on value of more than £20,000 were taken off the town's streets.

And this week, Det Insp Kerry Pauling, who leads the Waveney district support team, warned other drug-pushers that they would be caught and dealt with, while also calling on residents locally to keep them informed.

Officers swooped on Rafferty, 39, in the early hours of July 22 and stopped his vehicle in Norfolk Street, Lowestoft. He was found in possession of heroin with intent to supply and cocaine.

After pleading guilty to both charges at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday, Rafferty, of Ranville, Carlton Colville, was sentenced to a total of six years and 30 days imprisonment for both charges.

Det Insp Pauling said: “From our point of view, a major drugs player has been taken off the streets.

“We had received information that there had been a lot of calls at this address, and, following a planned operation, a lot of hard work from the district support team and good information, he was arrested just before 1.30am on Tuesday, July 22.”

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