A dealer caught with drugs twice in the space of nine days has been jailed.
Stefan Plazinski was found to be carrying heroin and crack cocaine when he was stopped in Clinton Street West, Nottingham city centre, on 1 March 2022 after plain-clothed officers saw him acting suspiciously.
The 29-year-old was taken into custody and later released under investigation while enquiries to establish whether he had been supplying the drugs continued.
On March 9, he was arrested again. Officers spotted him riding an e-scooter in St Ann’s and noticed him looking anxiously at the police van.
The officers pulled alongside Plazinski in a police van but he refused to stop.
He then rode over a grassed area in a bid to evade police, but officers from Operation Compass – which deploys plain-clothes officers in the city centre – managed to apprehend him in St Ann’s Well Road, assisted by the city’s dedicated knife crime team.
Plazinski was again found to be in possession of class A drugs. While being arrested, he kicked an officer in the hand and so was further arrested for assault.
Plazinski, of Sutherland Road, Bingham, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on 7 April 2022 and pleaded guilty to supplying class A and class B drugs, possession with intent to supply class A drugs and assault by beating.
He was jailed for three years and five months.
Sergeant Jonathan Pothecary, of Operation Compass, said: “We are very pleased with this sentence and hope it will act as a deterrent and warning to other drug dealers who come into Nottingham city centre.
“Drug use leads to other crime and or anti-social behaviour and can provide an inhospitable environment for those living, working in and visiting the city. We will therefore continue to tackle this criminality head on.”