Jailed in Norfolk this week: Drug dealer, dangerous driver and illegal tobacco worker
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Take a look at what has been happening in Norfolk courts this week.
He, 49, was 'drawn into the black economy' and caught when police and trading standards officers raided a house on Notykin Street, Bowthorpe, on December 18 2018, Norwich Crown Court heard.
Jamie Sawyer, prosecuting, said more than 29 bin bags full of tobacco were found in an upstairs room, and a further six bags containing loose tobacco were found in a shed along with empty fake Golden Virginia and Amber Leaf pouches, duty stamps and cellophane wrappers.
When arrested He told officers he was in the UK illegally and working for a man he described as his boss and had to fill the fake pouches with tobacco.
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Jailing He for 12 months, Judge Katharine Moore accepted although it was a significant operation He had played a limited role unlike those higher up the chain.
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Vedat, 28, with an address at High Street, Chistlehurst in Kent, was sentenced to 45 months in prison at Norwich Crown Court on Tuesday (March 5).
The court heard how Vedat was responsible for controlling an organised dealer phone line called Black Jack offering crack cocaine and heroin in the Great Yarmouth area.
Officers from the Great Yarmouth Neighbourhood Policing Team arrested Vedat in London on June 28 last year following three months of intelligence work.
A quantity of crack cocaine was found at the address and two mobile phones, both of which contained hundreds of messages related to the supply of drugs.
Miller, 46, from Three Mile Lane, Costessey, took £220,000 from eight customers for extensions he never completed, Norwich Crown Court heard.
His victims used their life savings, took out bank loans and spent £122,000 to undo Miller's damage and finish jobs. They suffered from sleep deprivation and severe stress, prosecutor Alison Lambert said.
During one project, which was never completed, he took holidays to Las Vegas, New York, Greece and Tenerife.
In one case Miller fixed an extension to a house using shelf joints.
He was jailed for four years.
Sharpe, of Norwich Prison, was jailed for 15 months and banned from driving for two years and seven months.
He had returned to Norwich to 'reconcile' with his former partner and by October 3 last year she had reported her car stolen, Norwich Crown Court heard on Thursday.
Spotting the vehicle in a Lakenham cul-de-sac around 9.15pm, police officers set up a blockade at the mouth of the road to prevent Sharpe escaping.
But the 34-year-old drove 'deliberately' at the police car, damaging the light cluster and bumper, before driving off at speed.
The court heard Sharpe has appeared in court 18 times for driving matters including driving without insurance or a licence.
It is his third conviction for dangerous driving.
Eastwood, 22, of Bernard Crescent Hunstanton, took to dealing in Hunstanton as he 'could not afford the habit', Norwich Crown Court heard.
His home was raided by police on June 18 last year, and around £2,000 in cash and 29 wraps of cocaine were seized.
He later admitted one count of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug.
Norwich Crown Court heard it was a one man operation which began as Eastwood was unable to fund his own cocaine habit.
Eastwood was jailed for 28 months.