Cocaine dealer jailed for 9-years - Hertfordshire

12/10/2012

A Lithuanian man caught dealing in high value cocaine in Yorkshire has been jailed for 9-years.

When police raided the 'safe' house where Jonas Kazlauskas was living in Grays, Essex, they found drugs and £146,000 in cash, a court heard.

Judge Andrew Bright QC told the 42-year-old father of two: "I am satisfied you were towards the top end of the supply chain and you had the expectation of a large financial gain."

But defence barrister Kevin Molloy had argued that Kazlauskas was only involved as a "foot soldier" because he was under duress following threats to his family in Lithuania, and was not rewarded with big sums of money.

Kazlauskas, who was staying at his wife's home in Caravel Close, Grays, pleaded guilty to two charges of conspiracy to supply cocaine, and one of possessing cash as criminal property.

Daniel Siong, prosecuting at Luton Crown Court on Friday, 12 October 2012, said the defendant was involved in supplying half a kilo of high strength cocaine worth £40,000 to a man in a lay-by in Brecks Lane, Rotherham in August last year.

It was part of a larger conspiracy, which led to the ring leader being jailed for 14-years at Sheffield Crown Court in August this year.

Police had Kazlauskas' finger prints from that offence and began observations on him in Essex.

On 29 September last year he was under observation. He was seen at Caravel Close loading items into the boot of a Vauxhall Vectra. He was joined by another man and they drove to the M25 and joined the M1 heading north.

The car was stopped on the M1 in Hertfordshire and a search revealed four individual packs of cocaine, each containing one kilo, carefully concealed in the boot. The drugs were of the highest purity, consistent with recent import. More cocaine and the cash was found at the house.

Mr Siong said the drugs would have been bought for up to £232,000 pounds, and if sold on in bulk would have made £72,000 profit. That did not reflect the eventual profit that would have been made when the cocaine reached the streets having been cut down.

Mr. Molloy defending said: "He was working for a flash individual who was running the show in South Yorkshire."

Judge Bright sentenced Kazlauskas to a total of 9-years imprisonment. A hearing will take place later to confiscate his assets.

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