Op Venetic: St Helens man jailed
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A St Helens man has been jailed for nine years, nine months after admitting supplying Class A and B drugs.
He is the latest to be jailed as part of Operation Venetic – an international operation targeting criminals who used a mobile encryption service to try to evade detection.
Liam Garvey, 28 years, of The Boulevard, Thatto Heath was arrested as part of Operation Venetic and charged with conspiring to supply a Class A drug (cocaine), two counts of conspiring to supply Class B drugs (cannabis and ketamine), one of conspiracy to produce a Class B drug (cannabis), and possession of cannabis.
Garvey, who was attributed to the handles 'chopper-reid' and 'butterflyjuice' was arrested at his home on 13 May this year.
Garvey pleaded guilty to the offences and was sentenced today, Tuesday 31 August, to nine years, nine months in prison.
Detective Constable Kevin Mitchell said: “Today yet another criminal has been put behind bars as part of national Operation Venetic.
“Garvey was involved in the supply of cocaine, cannabis and ketamine across Merseyside and sought to profit from the misery they inflict on vulnerable people in the heart of our communities, and the violence and intimidation that so often goes hand in hand with drug dealing.
“It is good news for the people of Merseyside that this man will now spend a significant period of time behind bars, unable to cause further harm.
“I truly hope he spends the time reflecting on the poor choices he has made. Our officers will always stay one step ahead of drug dealers, working with law enforcement agencies across the world to keep pace with any technology they believe may help hem evade capture, and showing that ultimately crime simply does not pay
“We will leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of those people who think they are above the law, and we will continue to target anyone involved in serious organised crime to keep the positive momentum going.”