Drug dealer with stun gun jailed for four years

Jai Souter. PHOTO: Suffolk Police

Jai Souter. PHOTO: Suffolk Police - Credit: Archant

Detectives have promised a “new” drug dealer will have “ample time to reflect” after they took £3,000 worth of drugs and a stun gun off the streets.

Jai Souter, of Rigbourne Hill in Beccles, was jailed for four years after pleading guilty to a string of drug offences at Ipswich Crown Court on Thursday, August 29.

Souter was wanted on recall to prison after breaching the terms of his licence, when he was found by police on May 22.

Officers stopped a Ford Connect van that he was driving in a car park behind Cucumber Lane.

Ipswich Crown Court heard how there was a struggle when police tried to arrest him as Souter made threats.

After the officers got Souter under control, they noticed the stun gun on the ground.

Oliver Haswell, prosecuting, said that a number of drugs worth more than £3,000 were found in the van.

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Souter admitted possessing cocaine, cannabis, ecstasy and amphetamine with intent to supply, possession of a class B drug, possession of a prohibited weapon and driving without insurance.

Steven Dyble, mitigating, said although Souter had a number of previous convictions, drug dealing was something new.

He said his client had a debt and had resorted to selling drugs.

Speaking after the court case, Det Con Richard Last said: "Jai Souter was arrested after being wanted on recall to prison after breaching the terms of his licence.

"He will now have ample time to reflect upon his actions.

"This case had the potential to become a very serious incident.

"I am pleased that on this occasion police have been able to remove a quantity of drugs and an illegal weapon from the public domain, and also that no one was seriously injured with a working stun gun."

Pleased with the four-year jail sentence that Souter received, and issuing a warning to others, Det Con Last added: "The sentence handed reflects the seriousness of the criminality involved, and is a message that the supplying of drugs is a serious offence that has repercussions."