Preston dad who dealt drugs expected to be deported to Poland after serving jail term

A drug dealer who was twice caught with tens of thousands of pounds of drugs and cash has been jailed for five years and three months.

Thursday, 28th January 2021, 3:45 pm

Adrian Szuba, 24, who has lived in the UK for 16 years,used his Ribbleton home to bag and cut drugs for street level supply, and now faces being deported to Poland after serving his sentence.

Burnley Crown Court heard he was already under investigation for a string of drug offences at his former Preston home on Garsdale Road, Ribbleton, when he was caught red handed a second time at another property on Princes Reach, during the pandemic.

He has admitted possession with intent to supply diamorphine, cannabis, and amphetamine, two of possession with intent to supply cocaine and possession of criminal cash.

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Crown Court

Prosecuting Jon Close said on October 19, 2019, Szuba was a passenger in a Renault stopped by police in Preston, which contained £1,155 cash, an incriminating mobile phone and a Kinder egg.

As a result his home on Garside Road was searched and police found significant amounts of drugs, cash and paraphernalia, both inside and outside.

It included cocaine valued up to £9,900, heroin valued up to £24,000 and cannabis worth up to £995, along with two airgun weapons, the cutting agent boric acid, scales, gloves and snap bags, and £9,740 cash.

He added: " As to the drug messages found on the phone, the same included blanket texts to 62 numbers, a tick list going back to 2017 and references to the supply of cocaine going back to January 2019. In fairness to the defendant, the majority of the messages were unclear as to whether the same was in reference to class A or B drugs.

"The defendant did seem to be operating as a street dealer and did have debts to those higher up in the chain."

While released under investigation, Szuba was stopped in a Golf on New Hall Lane in August 2020 and police recovered a key, cash, i-Phone and cocaine.

He failed to give his genuine home address but inquiries led to a flat in Princes Reach, for which the key worked.

Police recovered two blocks of amphetamine under the sink deemed to be worth up to £29,500 if dealt on the street.

Cocaine worth up to £9,000 was found with a press, blender, wraps a knife and boric acid.

Defending, Philip Holden said Szuba had contracted Covid-19 while in custody and had been subject to the ongoing prison lockdown restrictions.

He told the court his offending "had its genesis in the drug debt that he owed to others"

He added: " He will have to, as I have advised him, contact immigration services to make an application in due course to come back into, or remain in the country.

"To all intents and purposes he regards himself as British."

Judge Sara Dodd agreed the offences were aggravated by the fact more than one type of drug was involved, the presence of weapons and that some happened while he was under investigation.

She said it had "all the signs of a significant bagging up operation" and added: " There are significant weights of drugs with high levels of purity."

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