Drug dealer who was on the run in Germany for two years is jailed


He returned to Nottingham because he had landed a job as a kitchen porter

A man who ran away to Germany two years ago over a drug charges returned to Nottingham this month to work in a hotel.

But Nico Albrecht will not be starting his job as a kitchen porter at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Nuthall Road – because he’s been sent to custody.

Judge Stuart Rafferty QC sentenced to 12 months him for the original offence , in 2014, and for breaching his bail, in March 2016.

Albrecht, 20, of Wickens Walk, Mapperley, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to supply and possessing the drug.

The judge said he had “decided to run away from your responsibility and go back to Germany”.

“And so for two years you have been at large unlawfully,” he added at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday, March 13.

In the meantime, Albrecht’s co-accused received a suspended sentence.

“So at any stage you could have come back and taken your responsibility,” said the judge. “And, now, just because you have a job, I’m expected to ignore all of that and pat you on the head and say ‘it’s alright you just carry on working’. It isn’t going to happen.

“People who break orders of the court and people who run away have to be punished, if that results in the loss of your employment, I’m sorry. That’s your fault not mine.”

Albrecht – who had no previous convictions – was arrested in connection with the search of a house in 2016.

The court heard 15 individual deal bags, scales, £50 and drugs worth £560 were seized by police.

Rosemary Kavanagh, prosecuting, said of the defendant: “He admitted his culpability.”

Martin Elwick, mitigating , told the judge about Albrecht’s new permanent job on minimum wage.

He insisted his client had “demonstrated that this was isolated offending”.

He also said Albrecht’s co-accused had attended court to take responsibility for telling him to go back to Germany.

The co-accused had claimed the case against Albrecht had been dropped because he had admitted his offending.

But the judge said: “I don’t believe that for a moment.”


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