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28 months in prison for drug-dealing City of London bar manager

A City bar manager who used drinks menus to conceal drug deals she was carrying out while serving customers has been jailed.


Justyna Gorska, 34, of Meadow Road, Vauxhall (SW8), was sentenced at the Old Bailey on Thursday (12 October 2017) after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to one count of supplying class A drugs.


The court heard how, between the 20 June and 16 August 2017, Gorska exploited her position as assistant general manager of Dion Bar in Paternoster House, St Paul’s Churchyard (EC4) to supply customers with cocaine on six separate occasions.


In the first instance, on 22 June, Gorska supplied two wraps of cocaine to buyers, charging them £50 per wrap, as she served them drinks.


She explained that she would bring them a menu and they were instructed to place their money inside the menu. Once they had done so, she removed the menu and returned with the wraps, which were later found to be cocaine.


The same ‘menu’ tactic was employed by Gorska again on five more occasions throughout June, July and August.


On Wednesday, 16 August, detectives from the City of London Police Major Crime Team carried out a search warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act at the bar. When arrested, Gorska was found to have a single wrap of cocaine concealed in her bra which she voluntarily handed over.


Upon interview with detectives, Gorska admitted the offences and acknowledged that what she had done was wrong – but denied being a drug dealer, stating only that the drugs were supplied to her by a friend.

At court, Gorska received 28 months imprisonment for the single count of supplying class A drugs.


Detective Constable Brendan Kennedy from the City of London Police, who led the investigation, said:


“We know the vast majority of licensed premises within the Square Mile are owned and operated by fully law-abiding staff and management who have close relationships with our City of London Police licensing team.

“Gorska however clearly believed that the rules did not apply to her, and her sentence is proof that our dedicated Major Crime Team will identify any such offenders and we will use a range of tactics to stop them and bring them to justice.


“The sale and supply of illegal drugs will not be tolerated anywhere within the City, including within pubs and bars, and the City of London Police will seek to prosecute anybody involved in this criminality.”

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