Jail for Norwich cocaine dealer who fled through window

PUBLISHED: 12:41 16 February 2013 | UPDATED: 12:42 16 February 2013

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

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A drug dealer who cut his hand when he tried to flee from police during a raid in Bowthorpe, near Norwich, was found to have crack cocaine and heroin worth nearly £7,000, a court heard.

Deland Payne, 26, who brought the drugs to Norwich from London had been on early release from a four-year sentence for dealing drugs in Norfolk when he was caught for this latest drug-dealing operation, Norwich Crown Court heard. Martin Ivory, prosecuting, said that on November 17, last year, police raided an address in Joe Ellis Court.

“Payne tried to flee through a first floor window and cut his hand.”

He said that despite his escape bid, Payne was captured by police after a struggle and was found to have more than 400 wraps in total of crack cocaine and heroin.

Mr Ivory said that the street value of the crack cocaine was about £700 and the value of the heroin was about £6,000.

Mr Ivory said that Payne had been given a four-year sentence in March 2011 for being involved in another drug-dealing operation in Norfolk.

He said on this occasion Payne’s role was that of street drug dealer.

Payne, of Clay Avenue, Surrey, admitted possession of heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply.

Jailing him for four-and-half-years, Recorder Michael Evans told Payne: “You travelled from London in order to deal. There were a lot of street deals here.”

However he accepted he deserved credit for his guilty plea but warned that if he was convicted of a third drugs offence the next time he would face a starting point of seven years in jail.

“The sentences for you will go up and up.”

Louise Muir Wilson, for Payne, said that while on remand he had put his time to good use. She said that because of his offending he had missed his grandmother’s funeral and said: “It brings home to him the effect his actions have on him and others.”

She said when he had served his sentence he planned to return to his family in South London.

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