Man became dealer in Gainsborough

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A drug user became a street dealer after falling in with the wrong friends when he moved to Gainsborough, a court heard.

Mariusz Szczepkowicz previously had a steady job and a long term relationship when he was living in Lincoln - but things soon took a dramatic turn for the worse when he arrived in Gainsborough.

Lincoln Crown Court was told that both his work and the relationship came to an end which led him to move north to Gainsborough.

It is here where Szczepkowicz became involved in street level drug dealing which continued even after he was arrested following a search of his Dickenson Terrace home.

His barrister James Marsland said that an unfortunate series of events brought Szczepkowicz to the town.

“He moved to Gainsborough but that was a poor move for the defendant because he then fell in with the wrong people who were taking drugs,” Mr Marsland told the court.

Mr Marsland added: “They were heavier users than he was and he began to take drugs more frequently.”

“He became addicted to M-cat.”

He said that since his arrest Szczepkowicz has moved to Worksop where he now has new employment and has stayed out of trouble.

Szczepkowicz, 31, formerly of Dickenson Terrace in Gainsborough, admitted supplying drugs and possession with intent to supply.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said 3.77g of the drug was found inside a safe when police carried out a search in November 2011.

The raid took place after Szczepkowicz was seen acting suspiciously in the early hours of the morning.

“He flinched when he saw an officer and discarded a package,” said Mr Howes.

“The officer found two small plastic bags of white crystals.”

Szczepkowicz was bailed but his home was searched again on 22nd January 2012.

This time just over 40g of M-cat was found with a street value of £1,000.

His phone was later examined and messages which linked him to drug dealing were found.

Szczepkowicz was jailed for a total of 15 months.

Judge Michael Heath said to him: “This clearly calls for a prison sentence.”

“I am not persuaded to suspend what is an inevitable sentence.”