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Jail for 20-year-old who dealt crack cocaine and heroin in Cherry Hinton Hall Park





A 20-year-old spotted dealing crack cocaine and heroin in Cherry Hinton Hall Park has been jailed.

Aurimas Leonavicius was spotted on September 4 by neighbourhood support team officers on patrol in the Cherry Hinton area of Cambridge carrying out what they believed was a drug deal in the park.

The drugs seized in Cambridge from Aurimas Leonavicius, of Peterborough
The drugs seized in Cambridge from Aurimas Leonavicius, of Peterborough

When he was detained and searched, officers found a small pot concealed within his waistband, containing £660 worth of crack cocaine and £200 worth of heroin, along with £160 in cash.

It followed a further incident on the evening of April 28 last year when neighbourhood policing officers were on foot patrol around the Embankment area of Peterborough’s city centre following reports of drug dealing in the area.

They spoke to a group of young people, one of whom was Leonavicius, of South Parade, West Town, Peterborough, who became agitated by their presence and tried to walk away. The group was searched and Leonavicius was found with a knife, two wraps of cocaine and a small amount of cannabis.

He was arrested and released under investigation the following days while further inquiries were carried out, then later charged with being in possession of a knife in a public place and possession of cocaine and cannabis. Leonavicius was summoned to court on July 22 last year where he was granted court bail.

Aurimas Leonavicius, of South Parade, West Town, Peterborough, has been jailed for one year and 10 months for drugs offences
Aurimas Leonavicius, of South Parade, West Town, Peterborough, has been jailed for one year and 10 months for drugs offences

Following his arrest at Cherry Hinton Hall Park, Leonavicius was charged with possession with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine and appeared in court the following day.

He admitted the offences and was remanded in prison where he has remained since.

He appeared at Peterborough Crown Court last Friday (November 17), where he was sentenced to one year and 10 months in prison, having also admitted being in possession of a knife in a public place, as well as possession of cannabis and cocaine.

Det Con Rebecca Neville, who investigated, said: “We know how concerning both knife crime and drug dealing is for our communities, which is why we are working so hard to disrupt those involved and bring them to justice.

“Our neighbourhood teams regularly patrol areas of concern and will engage with those they come across, if there are reasonable grounds to search individuals, this will happen and if drugs or weapons are found, we will gather all available evidence to charge those individuals and put them before the courts.”

Information or concerns about drugs can be passed to police online via the force’s dedicated drugs webpage.

Meanwhile, the police are taking part in a weapons amnesty that allows people to hand in knives and other prohibited items without being prosecuted.



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