Skegness

Dealer busted trying to sell drugs to Butlin’s guard

A drug dealer from Leicester was busted when he tried to sell to an off-duty security guard while visiting Skegness, Lincoln Crown Court was told on Monday.

Bradley Nickson approached the man asking him “are you boys sorted for gear for the weekend?” saying he could offer “coke, ket, pills and a bit of weed.”

Siward James-Moore, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court that the security guard pretended to be interested and took down Nickson’s mobile number before informing his colleagues and then arranging to meet Nickson.

Mr James-Moore said: “While that meeting was taking place Nickson’s room at Butlins was searched. One of the security guards who carried out the search located a white envelope. In that was a large quantity of drugs and also bank notes.”

A total of £820 worth of ecstasy was found together with £480 worth of cocaine, £465 worth of ketamine and a small amount of cannabis.

Nickson was arrested by police and his mobile phone was checked out. It contained messages which showed that Nickson had been involved in selling drugs in the past at festivals and music events both in the UK and abroad.

Nickson, 25, of Foxton Way, Braunstone, Leicester, admitted three charges of possession of drugs with intent to supply and three charges of offering to supply drugs in November 2017.

He also admitted four charges of supplying drugs between July and November 2017. He was jailed for two and a half years.

His assets consisting of cash and a car together worth £2,310 were ordered to be confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Judge Simon Hirst, passing sentence, told him: “The amounts of drugs involved were significant. You were supplying at festivals and music events abroad and in the UK.

“Plainly this is so serious that only a sentence of immediate custody can be passed.”

Ayaz Qazi, in mitigation, told the court: “He is a young man with no previous convictions whatsoever. This case is a real tragedy for him and his immediate family.

“He comes from good stock and therefore it is all the more regrettable that he has fallen into this type of offending. There is genuine remorse.”

Mr Qazi said that since being arrested Nickson has done his best to rehabilitate himself and to put his life back together.

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