Two men jailed for drug dealing in Great Yarmouth

Marcus Wood was jailed for 8 years for conspiracy to supply class A drugs. Picture: Norfolk Constabu

Marcus Wood was jailed for 8 years for conspiracy to supply class A drugs. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary - Credit: Norfolk Constabulary

Two men involved in drug dealing in Great Yarmouth have been given jail terms totalling more than nine years.

Marcus Wood, 26, who acted as a 'salesman' for the drug dealing operation, was jailed for eight years, while Peter Atiyota, 38, who played a lesser role, was given 18 months.

Wood, from Enfield, London, and Atiyota, of George Pope Close, Norwich, were convicted of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs following a trial in December last year, and appeared for sentence at Norwich Crown Court.

Lindsay Cox, prosecuting, said the pair were arrested after Ariyota had gone to Great Yarmouth with Wood, who sold drugs to an undercover officer.

The court heard that Wood had a previous conviction for conspiracy to supply drugs.

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Jailing Wood, Recorder Guy Ayers said he had been convicted on 'overwhelming' evidence and said: 'You were playing a leading role in the supply of Class A drugs to other people. It is clear you were in an organising role.'

He said that Atiyota played a much lesser part but said he had gone into the conspiracy with his eyes open.

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Richard Padley, for Wood, said there was no evidence of any luxury lifestyle and said he had acted as a 'salesman' for the drugs.

'That is an important role, but does not make him a director of this organisation. He was not at the top of the tree.'

He said that Wood left school with limited education, but had put his time, while on remand, to good use.

Dan Taylor, for Atiyota, said that he was a man of previous good character and said: 'This was an isolated incident. He was naive.'

He said he was at low risk of re-offending.

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