£19,000 drugs haul including crystal meth discovered under man’s bed

A Boston man who had drugs, including crystal meth, valued at more than £19,000 under his bed was jailed for 18 months at Lincoln Crown Court today.

Guntis Arbidans, 24, was caught with the haul after police seized a stolen car from him and decided to search his home in Frieston Road.

The court was told how officers discovered two suspicious packages in a rucksack which had been placed under Arbidans’ bed.

One of the packages was later found to contain over 400 grams of the Class A drug methamphetamine - also known as crystal meth, with a street value of £12,000. The second package contained a Class B drug valued at around £7,500.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said officers were led to the property after Arbidans took his car to be repaired at Thurlby Motors in Butterwick.

Staff became suspicious and alerted police after finding two different chasis marks on the vehicle. Investigations showed it had been stolen from a car hire company in Peterborough during 2009.

The court was told Arbidans had been in the UK for two years and had no previous convictions in his native Latvia.

Neil Sands, mitigating, told the court Arbidans did not know what was inside the rucksack when it was left at his home by a former resident.

“The rucksack was in his possesion for just 24 hours,” Mr Sands added.

Mr Sands said Arbidans was visited by the owner of the rucksack after the police search and was warned he now had a debt of £20,000 for the drugs.

Arbidans, of Frieston Road, Boston, admitted handling a stolen car and two charges of possessing drugs with intent to supply following the search on March 3, last year.

Passing sentence Judge Michael Heath told him: “The only sentence I can justify for these offences is prison.”