Drug Dealer Hid Guns In Peterborough Garden
18th February 2020
A drug dealer from Peterborough who hid four guns under children's play equipment in his garden has been jailed for 14 and a half years.
Wojciech Sztulc, 36, of Forrest Drive, Peterborough, was arrested on 13 August on suspicion of drugs offences, following a covert investigation by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU).
On his arrest, police officers carried out a search of his home address and car.
Three handguns, one of which was loaded, a revolver, and ammunition, were found wrapped in a bag in a drain underneath children's play equipment in Sztulc's garden.
Approximately one and a half kilograms of cocaine, along with more than £28,000 in cash, was found in his car.
Sztulc pleaded guilty to a number of offences including possession of four firearms and conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B, and was sentenced to 14 and a half years in prison following a hearing at Peterborough Crown Court on Friday (14 February).
Detective Inspector James Panter said: "Not only did Sztulc have a significant monopoly on the drugs market within Peterborough, with drugs worth more than £30,000 found in his car alone, the guns found also indicated he was involved in the illegal firearms trade.
"We used a range of specialist tactics to uncover his role in the murky serious and organised crime underworld, and we are really pleased that he will now be serving a substantial time behind bars. Four dangerous weapons and a considerable amount of cocaine have also now been removed from circulation.
"Although drugs and firearms criminality of this nature may not seem to be an issue for the majority of law-abiding citizens in our region, they can both underpin a wide range of other issues within our local communities.
"That is why we are committed to continuing our relentless pursuit against dangerous individuals such as Sztulc, bringing down criminal networks across the eastern region, and protecting the public from serious and organised crime."