Dealer at Butlin's is busted after trying to sell drugs to security guard

A hapless drug dealer was arrested after he unwittingly told an off-duty security guard he could supply “coke, ket, pills and a bit of weed”. Bradley Nickson, 25, was visiting Skegness when asked the man: “Are you boys sorted for gear for the weekend?” The guard feigned interest and noted Nickson’s mobile number before telling his colleagues and then arranging to meet Nickson.

In the meantime, Nickson’s room at Butlin’s was searched and a total of GBP820 worth of ecstasy was found together with GBP480 worth of cocaine, GBP465 worth of ketamine and a small amount of cannabis. Siward James-Moore, prosecuting at Lincoln Crown Court, said: “While that meeting was taking place, Nickson’s room at Butlins was searched. “One of the security guards who carried out the search located a white envelope.

“In that was a large quantity of drugs and also bank notes.”

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Nickson was arrested and checks on his mobile phone revealed messages which showed Nickson had been involved in selling drugs in the past at festivals and music events both in the UK and abroad. Nickson, of Foxton Way, Braunstone, Leicester, admitted three charges of possession of drugs with intent to supply and three charges of offering to supply drugs in November 2017. He also admitted four charges of supplying drugs between July and November 2017.

He was jailed for two and a half years. His assets, consisting of cash and a car together worth GBP2,310, were ordered to be confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Bradley Nickson

Judge Simon Hirst, passing sentence, told him: “The amounts of drugs involved were significant. You were supplying at festivals and music events abroad and in the UK.

“Plainly this is so serious that only a sentence of immediate custody can be passed.” Ayaz Qazi, in mitigation, told the court: “He is a young man with no previous convictions whatsoever. “This case is a real tragedy for him and his immediate family. He comes from good stock and therefore it is all the more regrettable that he has fallen into this type of offending.

There is genuine remorse.”

Mr Qazi said that since being arrested, Nickson has done his best to rehabilitate himself and to put his life back together.

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