Portsmouth dealer caught with drug stash while on bail is jailed

JAILED Mark Krzeczunowicz
JAILED Mark Krzeczunowicz
A police car parked outside Catherine House in Stanhope Road, Portsmouth, earlier tonight. Picture: Byron Melton

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POLICE found a stash of drugs when they raided a house – then uncovered even more when they went back a second time.

Brazen dealer Mark Krzeczunowicz was not put off after his first arrest and carried on supplying drugs while on bail.

The 52-year-old has been jailed for two years after Portsmouth Crown Court heard he had thousands of pounds of drugs at his home.

Police first searched his house in Steerforth Close, Portsmouth, in August last year and found 84g of cocaine, 32g of cannabis and 90g of cannabis resin.

He was released on bail while the drugs were analysed but when police went back round to his house in December they found another 8g of cocaine.

The officers also found three mobile phones and scales at unemployed Krzeczunowicz’s home.

When asked how he paid the mortgage on his house he told police he could earn up to £1,000 a week at car boot sales.

‘He said it wasn’t through drugs,’ prosecutor Gabrielle McAvock said.

The court heard he has convictions for 27 previous offences, going back to the 1970s.

Christopher Wing, defending, said Krzeczunowicz had been clean of drugs for 20 years but had gone back to them when his relationship broke down.

‘He has taken steps to address his habit,’ he said.

‘He has gained nothing and lost a lot through his addiction to these drugs.’

Krzeczunowicz pleaded guilty to possession of a class A drug with intent to supply, possession with intent to supply a class B drug and possession of class A and B drugs.

Jailing him Judge Sarah Vaughan-Jones QC said: ‘You indicate you are yourself a heavy user of cocaine and cannabis, an addict who would buy large quantities, some of which you would use and would also supply to friends who were also users, but you never made any real profit.

‘You have previous convictions for drug offences up to and including 1985.

‘You were drug-free for 20 years. I do note that your return to drugs was brought about when your relationship broke down in 2009.

‘It’s clear that since these offences you have made very significant attempts to address your drug misuse.

‘I am in no doubt that these offences are so serious that only a custodial sentence is justified.’

PC Charlotte Pocock, thanked the public for the information which led to arrest and said: ‘I hope that with the time he now has to reflect and with a rehabilitation programme he will return to the community a changed man and seek a more legal means of employment.’