A YOUNG county lines drug dealer caught by police working a “day shift” on a Carlisle housing estate has been handed a lengthy custodial sentence.
Sergej Aleksandrvicius, a 19-year-old Lithuanian national, was approached by officers on a path near a riverbank – and close to a primary school – in the area of Woodsghyll Drive in Harraby on the mid-morning of February 21.
As he attempted to break free, the teen was wrestled to the ground. He was found to have 74 wraps of heroin and 68 wraps of crack cocaine – with a total street value of more than £3,500 – in his possession, along with nearly £2,000 cash.
Aleksandrvicius, from Verdun Road in Eccles, Manchester, also had mobile phone which was used to direct him to drug deals. The teenager later told police he had been offered free cannabis if he agreed to peddle class A substances in another area of the country.
He admitted possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply, and was sentenced to 40 months in a young offenders’ institution at Carlisle Crown Court this morning (MON).
“You were effectively working a day shift selling drugs in this local area,” the teen was told by Judge Andrew Jefferies QC, who stressed the need for a deterrent sentence. “This is a county lines case of dealing.”