It wasn’t the wake up call he wanted or expected as it led to Saimon Novikas landing himself with an 18-month prison sentence. The drug dealer was awoken by police officers forcing entry to his £1,000 a month Peterborough flat in the early hours of the morning has been jailed.
On 15 December last year, at about 6.30am officers from the Neighbourhood Support Team carried out a drugs warrant at a flat in Avonside House, Fletton Quays, Peterborough.
Saimon Novikas, 30, was found asleep in one of the bedrooms and arrested after checks showed he was wanted for failing to appear in court in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, in relation to handling stolen goods.
A search of the flat uncovered about £450 worth of cannabis and drugs paraphernalia, as well as high-value items that were seized including designer clothing and electrical goods.
Novikas, of Alfred Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, denied any of the designer goods were his, however, he did admit that £560 in cash found in his bedroom was his.
A download of his mobile phone revealed various text messages relating to dealing cannabis.
He appeared at Peterborough Crown Court yesterday (Thursday) where he was sentenced to 18 months in prison after previously admitting being concerned in the supply of cannabis, acquiring criminal property – namely cash, and possession of cannabis.
A second man was also arrested and is currently awaiting trial for similar offences.
Detective Constable Kevin Poole, who investigated, said: “We will not tolerate drug dealing in our county.
“Some people might see it as harmless, but these criminals are often part of organised crime groups who exploit vulnerable people – including children – drawing them into their criminal enterprises and so often getting involved with violence.
“I would urge the public to continue to help us by reporting information about drug use, dealing and production.”
Anyone with information or concerns about drugs can report online via the force’s dedicated drugs information webpage.
Saimon Novikas admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis, acquiring criminal property – namely cash, and possession of cannabis.
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