Man jailed for storing drugs, a gun and ammo - Luton

21/04/2017

A man, who was found to be storing cocaine, a gun and ammunition in Luton for drug dealers, has today, Friday, 21 April 2017, been jailed for seven years.

Polish born Rafal Rozalski was probably preyed upon to rent the flat in Midland Road, because he was drug dependant but had no police record, a court was told.

Police were tipped off in January 2016, said prosecutor Joanna Staples at Luton Crown Court. At the flat they found a converted self loading pistol with 19 rounds of live ammunition to fit it, along with 82 grammes of high purity cocaine, a Class A drug, and 949 grammes of amphetamine, a Class B drug. Rozalski's fingerprints were found on the wrapping around the cocaine, but not on the other items. There were a few items of clothing in the room, but no bedding on the bed or signs that anyone had actually been living there, said Miss Staples.

Rozalski, aged 37, from Wyther Park Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, was arrested in Leeds, but made no comment in interview and has never named any accomplices. He pleaded guilty to possessing a gun and ammunition and possessing Class A and Class B drugs with intent to supply.

James Lachkovic, defending said: "His background is all too familiar to the courts - a young man who starts off taking drugs, which leads to an addiction to Class A drugs and an indebtedness to those dealing the drugs, which leads to an involvement in their criminality. They wanted to use someone with no previous convictions to rent a clean property where they could store their drugs."

Judge Michael Kay QC told Rozalski: "The people you got involved with are not low level dealers; they are clearly a significant group who, on the face of it, were prepared to use firearms."

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