A woman in her 30s has been jailed for 40 months for dealing heroin.

Natasha Dowling, 35, from Ben Culey Drive in Thetford, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court last Thursday and pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of heroin between January and May this year. 

Police executed a search warrant on Dowling's home on May 10 and found enough evidence to charge her. 

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The court heard Dowling sent a total of 306 texts offering drugs believed to be heroin between January 2 and April 1, 2023.

It also heard that she had set up the business with her husband Michael, known as Tony Dowling, to fuel their own habit.

She had been a carer for him and he died while she was in police custody.

Her difficult childhood was another topic addressed.

Detective Constable Daniel Rayner said: “Class A drugs have a devastating impact - it’s a miserable trade which the police continue to take seriously as it fuels a host of issues including crime, mental health issues and physical and societal problems.”