A drug dealer was caught red-handed “cooking” cocaine to turn it into crack in his house, a court has heard.
At the time of the discovery Grzegorz Kramp was being investigated by police after cops had stopped his Mercedes as he drove home from Swansea one evening and found £10,000 worth of heroin and a stun gun.
Swansea Crown Court heard the 45-year-old food industry worker was a “significant street dealer of heroin” in his local area.
Robin Rouch, prosecuting, said that on the evening of September 13 last year police stopped a Mercedes CLS320 car on the A485 near the Carmarthenshire village of Peniel.
The driver, Kramp, told officers he was on the way home after visiting Swansea for meal. The court heard the vehicle was littered with “drugs paraphernalia” including bits of foil, and officers believed one of the two females was under the influence of drugs.
A search of the vehicle uncovered more than 80 grams of heroin in various wraps with a total estimated street value of just of £10,000 along with a stun gun, and a small quantity of cocaine.
Kramp was arrested and taken to Aberystwyth police station where a body search uncovered a further quantity of cocaine. On his phone officers found messages relating to heroin dealing, and a “tick list” of quantities supplied and moneys owed.
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In his interview Kramp said the stun gun had been in the car for months, and he did not think it worked – a subsequent test found the battery on the device had insufficient power for a discharge.
The court heard the defendant was released while police continued their investigations, and some two months later on November 21 officers went to Kramp’s Aberystwyth home to conduct a search. Mr Rouch said when officers entered “it appeared to the police he was trying to cook down cocaine into crack cocaine” – though the substance he was producing is still awaiting analysis.
In the property police found diaries containing more “tick lists” as well as sums showing calculations of profit margins on various quantities of drugs, mobile phones containing messages about the supply of heroin, and £4,190 in cash.
The court heard the defendant was released once more, and just days before Christmas he was arrested again after police stopped his car near his home and found he had four wraps of drugs along with more than 400 diazepam – so-called street Valium – tablets. A check of his mobile phones showed more texts related to drug dealing.
A subsequent search of his house uncovered an air weapon but the gun was being legally held.
Mr Rouch said it was the prosecution case that Kramp was a “significant street dealer of heroin” before and after his arrests, and a Proceeds of Crime Act probe was underway as “significant amounts of money” had gone through the defendant’s bank account over the months in question.
Kramp, of Bron Gwinau, Comins Coch, Aberystwyth, had previously pleaded guilty to possession of heroin with intent to supply, being concerned in the supply of heroin, three counts of possession of cocaine, possession of a stun gun, possession of diazepam, and possession of criminal property – the cash found in his house – when he appeared in the dock for sentencing.
The court heard he has no previous convictions.
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James Hartson, for Kramp, said the defendant was not the kind of man who usually appeared before the courts on drug trafficking charges, having an “excellent work ethic” and always being in employment since his arrival from Poland in 2005 and his settling in Wales, a part of the world his client had described to him as “beautiful”.
He said following the death of his son Kramp had sunk into depression and become “inconsolable”, and his grief had led to the the use, abuse, and then addiction to controlled drugs. The barrister said the defendant had turned to supply heroin to fund his own cocaine use.
Mr Hartson said the defendant’s criminality would have been “abundantly clear” when his car was stopped by police in Peniel, and the fact he was released twice following that discovery gave him the opportunity to continue offending – an opportunity he had taken. He described the decision to release Kramp after he had been found likely cooking down crack cocaine as “frankly bizarre”.
The barrister added that while illegal in the UK, the carrying of stun guns in the country the defendant came from was “second nature” – though of course that did not given him a defence to the offence.
Judge Huw Rees said it was an unusual case, and the defendant’s heroin dealing – dealing done to fund an addiction to cocaine and Valium which flowed from “a loss no parent should experience” – was aggravated by the possession of the stun gun.
The judge sentenced Kramp to a total of 45 months in prison.