Man, 26, handed suspended jail sentence after being found with £115,000 worth of anabolic steroids in Ipswich
A 26-year-old man who was found in possession of £115,000 worth of anabolic steroids after being stopped by police in Suffolk has avoided jail after admitting drug offences.
Artur Mierzwa was sentenced to 16 months, suspended for two years, when he appeared in Ipswich Crown Court today.
It follows an incident on July 17, 2019 where a VW Golf he was driving on London Road in Ipswich was stopped by officers from the Sentinel team who were on patrol.
They instructed it to stop at the Park and Ride at Copdock Interchange in Ipswich.
Following a search of the vehicle, he was found to be in possession of £115,000 worth of anabolic steroids, along with a paring kitchen knife, scissors and a screwdriver.
He was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply and possession of a knife/bladed article and taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.
Following further enquiries, he was subsequently summonsed to Ipswich Magistrates Court on August 28 this year where he was charged with those offences. On November 5, he pleaded guilty to both charges.
Alongside the suspended sentence, Mierzwa, of Hawthorn Road, Kingsnorth in Ashford, has also been ordered to complete 160 hours of unpaid work.
The Sentinel team works to disrupt serious and organised criminal activity, as well as increasing police visibility.