Former footballer pays price for first foray into drug-dealing - The Leamington Observer

Former footballer pays price for first foray into drug-dealing

Leamington Editorial 12th Jan, 2019   0

A FORMER professional footballer has paid a high price for his first venture into drug-dealing after he was arrested before he had even made his first sale.

Maciej Wojcicki, of Omega Place, Railway Terrace, Rugby, pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to three charges of possessing drugs, ecstasy, cannabis and amphetamines, with intent to supply them.

The 21-year-old was jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Prosecutor Richard Gibbs said in August last year police officers were in plain clothes in the Murray Road area of Rugby because of concerns about drug-dealing.

They saw Wojcicki, who was on a corner with a cycle, being approached by two men before going out of sight.

When arrested Wojcicki was found to 33 wraps of class A drug ecstasy, together with 16 wraps of cannabis and eight of amphetamine.

Wojcicki, who claimed the drugs were all for personal use, had two phones but no money on him, but at his home the police found £230 in cash.

Jason Pegg, defending, said Wojcicki, who had been a professional footballer in Poland before moving to Rugby, had entered his plea on the basis a man called Robert had asked him to sell the drugs.

In his basis of plea Wojcicki said he was addicted to the three drugs at the time, and Robert was going to give him some in return for him selling them.

Mr Pegg said: “He is someone who is industrious. The problem he’s had with drugs is a result of his cronies in Rugby, and as soon as he obtains his liberty, he’ll be leaving the area.

“He had pressure put on him by this Robert, who is a known figure in the area. He is remorseful, because he knows what the effect of drugs is on people.”

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