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London dealer who peddled drugs in Gorleston hid 250 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine in his body

PUBLISHED: 16:33 06 August 2018

Jermaine Marshall was jailed for 40 months for possession of class A drugs with intent. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

Jermaine Marshall was jailed for 40 months for possession of class A drugs with intent. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

Norfolk Constabulary

A London dealer who used a Gorleston address to peddle drugs hid 250 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine in his body, a court heard.

Jermaine Marshall 29, was arrested after he left an address in Beach Road and was found to have £350 in cash and two mobile phones when searched.

He was taken to the station as police suspected he had drugs hidden on him and it was later discovered that he had secreted a package containing 32 wraps of heroin and 221 wraps of crack cocaine in his body, Norwich Crown Court heard.

John Morgans, prosecuting, said messages were also found on Marshall’s phone relating to drug dealing, including one message which boasted about the quality of the cocaine being offered describing it as “banging” and a message asking for the drugs to be restocked.

Mr Morgans said Marshall played a “significant” role in the operation of bringing the drugs from London to the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston area and had been using the Beach Road address as a base.

Mr Morgans said Marshall had no links to the area other than coming to Norfolk for “criminal activity.”

He said that Marshall had a number of previous convictions, although no previous for drug dealing, but in December 2016, he was jailed for five months for trying to smuggle a mobile phone and cannabis to a prisoner in Wayland jail.

Marshall, of Sidthorpe Road, London, admitted possession of heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply on April 24, this year, and was jailed for 40 months.

Danielle O’Donovan, for Marshall, said he had brought the drugs to Norfolk after running up a drugs debt which he had to pay off to his dealers

“He was given this opportunity and it was an easy way out.”

She said Marshall had mental health issues and suffered from anxiety and depression but was making good use of his time in custody.

She said while in prison he had remained drug free and had enrolled on courses.

She said now working as an education mentor helping other prisoners and was making plans for the future.

Ms O’Donovan said he planned to remain drug free.

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