Ilkeston man sent to prison after police drug search at his house

Alert message sent 02/05/2019 09:24:00

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Last month we told you about a man being arrested after a drug search at his house on Rodney Way, Ilkeston.

We can now tell you that Paul Zelnis (pictured) a 46 year-old man has been sent to prison for 2 years 6 months having been convicted of possession of Heroin and Crack Cocaine with intent to supply.

Officers from our Ilkeston Safer Neighbourhood Team joined forces with the plain-clothed pro-active team to search the house on Wednesday, March 24,  after information from the community suggested suspicious activity at the address.

Mr Zenis was arrested and having pleaded guilty to the two offences, was give the prison sentence at Nottingham Crown Court last week on Thursday, April 25. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £170.

(The victim surcharge was introduced in 2007  as a way to make offenders contribute to the cost of helping those impacted by crime move on with their lives as much as possible.)

A 37-year-old woman, arrested at the same time, has been eliminated from the enquiry.

Sergeant Mark Gould, who is in charge of the Safer Neighbourhood team, said: “The action shows that we will use all our available resources to act on such concerns from the community.

“This type of criminality causes disruption and misery to local residents in the form of associated anti-social behaviour and other forms of criminal behaviour and will not be tolerated.”

If you are worried about such activity in your neighbourhood contact your Safer Neighbourhood team using any of the following non-emergency methods:
You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting

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