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A four kilo haul of cannabis with a street value of £50,000 was found at the home of two brothers

A four kilo haul of cannabis with a street value of £50,000 was found at the home of two brothersduring a drugs raid, a court heard.

Stefan Simpraga, 21, took responsibility for the stash found in a utility room in Armadale Drive, Netherhall, Leicester, on February 25. Officers also seized £2,300 from his room along with three one ounce wraps of cannabis resin and some flowering top cannabis. In the bedroom of Bojan Simpraga, 20, the police recovered 35 one gram deals of cannabis and a dealer's list. Both men pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to possessing cannabis with intent to supply it.

Leicester Crown Court was told that Stefan had pleaded guilty on the basis he was storing the four kilo haul on behalf of someone else – which had nothing to do with his brother. His barrister, Isabel Wilson, said: "Stefan was involved in cutting up the drugs and has always denied selling any himself. "He was a user of cannabis and says he was psychologically addicted to it. He had a commercial benefit, by being paid in money and drugs, for acting as a custodian.The drugs recovered in his room was his payment for keeping the drugs."

The four kilos were worth £16,000 wholesale but could have fetched up to £50,000 on the streets. The 35 grams found in Bojan Simpraga's room were worth about £350.

Miss Wilson added: "Stefan was employed by the owner of those drugs, to keep them safe and was paid to split them up into one ounce bags."

Justin McClintock, for Bojan Simpraga, said: "He maintains he was only in control of the 35 wraps found in his room. He should be sentenced as a street dealer for the small amount in his bedroom. His brother, Stefan, has always claimed responsibility for the larger store in the house.

Andrew Howarth, prosecuting, said the brothers were of previous good character. Judge Robert Brown adjourned the case for the preparation of pre-sentence reports. The defendants will be sentenced later this month.

The judge released them on conditional bail, saying: "Bail doesn't mean I'm not going to send you to prison. I'm going to consider all options."


Details from Leicester Mercury









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