Three men who formed a drugs ring supplying Warrington residents with heroin and cocaine have been jailed for a combined total of 10 years.
Acting on intelligence supplied by the public, between 27 September 2017 and 18 0ctober 2017 Cheshire Police officers investigated the class A drug dealing activities of Alan Bell, Raymond Johnson and David Thomason.
Ringleader Bell, 32, supplied the drugs from his home in Buckingham Road, Tuebrook, Liverpool.
Bell and his driver Johnson, 47, took the drugs to Warrington.
Thomason, 45, dealt the drugs from his home in Grasmere Avenue, Warrington, and used a bicycle to deliver them elsewhere in the town.
On 18 October 2017 police officers stopped Bell and Johnson as they travelled to Warrington and executed warrants to search their homes.
A large quantity of heroin and cocaine and mobile phones containing numerous drug dealing related messages were confiscated from Bell.
Drug paraphernalia was found at both of their homes. Johnson’s house in Diana Street, Liverpool, also contained a quantity of cannabis plants.
Police officers also executed a warrant to search Thomason’s home, where they found wraps of heroin and crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and mobile phones containing drug dealing related messages.
Bell, Johnson and Thomason were subsequently arrested and they all pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to conspiring to supply both heroin and cocaine.
Johnson also admitted supplying class B drug cannabis.
Bell was jailed for four years on Wednesday 2 May, Johnson was imprisoned for two-and-a-half years and Thomason was given a prison sentence of three-and-a-half years.
Paula Perkins, 40, of Barbondale Close, Great Sankey, Warrington, was at Thomason’s home when it was raided. She pleaded guilty to possessing heroin and was given a two-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge.
Detective Sergeant Adrian Priest, of Cheshire Police’s Serious Organised Crime Unit, said: “I would like to thank all of the officers and staff involved in the operation for the dedication and commitment that they showed in bringing these offenders to justice.
“Drugs have a detrimental impact on our towns and cities and removing those involved in drug dealing from our communities is of paramount importance.
“I hope that this case and the custodial sentences handed out to Bell, Johnson and Thomason sends out a clear message to other potential criminals that the use and supply of illegal drugs will not be tolerated in Cheshire.
“This case also shows that the police will act upon intelligence provided by the public in a bid to catch drug dealers and make them face the consequences of their actions.
“While this investigation has now concluded our fight against organised criminals continues and I urge anyone with any information about suspected drug related activity in their community to get in touch. You will be listened to and we will investigate the matter.
“You can report suspected drug dealing to us directly by calling 101. Alternatively, information can also be given anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.”