Gainsborough

Mamba dealer caught with stolen goods claimed they were Christmas presents

A man who was caught with a stash of stolen property after police raided his home has been jailed.

Elliott Sizer was arrested in the week before Christmas 2017 after police obtained a warrant to search his address.

Rebecca Coleman, prosecuting, said the officers found a number of bags containing perfume, chocolates, clothing and make-up which still had the price tags on.

“The police asked the defendant if he could provide the receipts but he was unable to do so.

“He said they were Christmas presents for his nephews and nieces. He said he had bought the items legitimately from the shoplifters.”

Sizer, 22, formerly of Portland Terrace, Gainsborough, but now living in Millmere Road, Waddington, admitted handling stolen goods.

He admitted breach of a suspended jail sentence, imposed for possession of a psychoactive substance with intent to supply as a result an incident in Lincoln High Street when he was arrested and found with 20 wraps of Mamba.

Messages found on his mobile phone indicated he was involved in dealing the substance.

Miss Coleman said that Sizer had also had a further charge of conspiracy to possess a psychoactive substance with intent to supply for which sentence had previously been deferred.

That charge arose out of searches of Sizer’s home on two dates in June last year when further supplies of Mamba were found.

Sizer was jailed for a total of 12 months.

Michael Cranmer-Brown, in mitigation, said that since his latest arrest Sizer has been trying to stay out of trouble and has reduced his use of drugs.

He told the court: “There is no evidence that the defendant is a thief. He bought the items as Christmas presents.”