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Plymouth couple jailed for dealing drugs

A Plymouth couple described by police as drugs dealers of the "highest level" have been jailed.

Police found cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis worth £32,000 and nearly £4,000 in cash when they raided the home of Tracey Powell and Dale Tippett, Exeter Crown Court heard.

The couple were convicted on three charges of supplying drugs with intent.

Tippett, 44, was jailed for four years and pregnant Powell, 36, for two years.

The court heard the couple had been claiming Jobseekers Allowance, Family Tax Credits and Family Allowance.

But they had also been running an illicit drugs supply business from their three storey home in Plymouth.

The court heard that when police raided their home, Tippett told them: "You know there are drugs here, they're in the kitchen."

Judge David Tyzack, QC, told them: "Everybody knows it is a wicked and detestable offence.

"Drugs cause untold misery to the lives of those who become addicted to them."

Det Sgt Justin Clifford said: "We have disrupted and destroyed commercial dealing at the highest level.

"Although they were running their business from their own home. they were part of the very well rehearsed Plymouth organised crime network."

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