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North Cumbria man admits drug importation crime

Carlisle Crown Court

A MAN is due to be sentenced later this month after he admitted importing the illegal drug ecstasy into the UK.

Lewis Peter Tyckyj, 21, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court earlier today (THURS).

Tyckyj pleaded guilty to one charge of fraudulent evasion of a prohibition – importing the illicit class A substance from another European country – between January 1 and February 12 last year.

The court heard Tyckyj claimed to have played the “lesser role” of a courier. “Essentially doing this for another, at another’s direction, to perform a limited role for which you received a small payment,” Judge Nicholas Barker said, referring to a basis of plea which had been put forward by the defendant.

Judge Barker gave the Crown Prosecution Service seven days to consider a response to that basis, and adjourned the case for the preparation of a probation service pre-sentence report.

Tyckyj, of Barras Court, Dalston, was granted unconditional bail, and is due to receive his punishment at the crown court on July 30.

His barrister, Kim Whittlestone, indicated that medical evidence and letters from family members would be submitted for that hearing.

“All (sentencing) options must remain open,” Judge Barker told Tyckyj, a man of previous good character. “The judge on that date will decide what the appropriate sentence is.”

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