Three Merseyside men jailed for County Lines drug dealing
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We have welcomed the sentencing of three Merseyside men for their involvement in separate cases of County Lines drug dealing across the country over the past week.
Thomas Paul Williams, 30, of Elder Place, Halewood was yesterday (Tuesday 5 July) sentenced to three years eight months in prison for his involvement in County Lines drug dealing into Inverness, Scotland.
Williams was arrested in April by officers from the force’s Project Medusa team, working alongside officers from Police Scotland. He pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs, possession of criminal property and possession of Class A and B drugs.
Project Medusa officers executed a warrant at his address in Halewood, where they recovered quantities of cash, drugs, including Ketamine, and mobile phones.
Christopher Davies, 28, of Latimer Street, Vauxhall was also jailed at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday for 3 years 4 months for being concerned in the supply of heroin and cocaine, following his involvement in County Lines drug dealing into Colwyn Bay, North Wales.
Officers executed warrants at his address and uncovered mobile phones, cannabis a significant amount of cash and high value designer clothing (pictured).
Finally, Joseph Wood, 20 of Bramblefield Way, Liverpool was jailed on Friday, 2 July, at Chester Crown Court, for 5 years 2 months after pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs into a County Line operating in Chester.
Working alongside officers from Cheshire Police, officers executed a warrant at Wood’s home address and recovered wraps of heroin, cocaine and cannabis.
Project Medusa, is a Merseyside-led initiative, which uses different types of operational activity and tactics to effectively disrupt and in turn bring down the County Lines Organised Crime Groups who are responsible for the widespread distribution of illegal drugs in other parts of the country.
Detective Inspector Gary Stratton said: “These three recent sentences highlight our commitment to removing those who deal drugs and misery from our streets.
“County Lines drug dealing not only blights the lives of the drug users and the communities in which they deal, but also the lives of the young and vulnerable people used to store and sell the drugs.
“Our work with police forces and authorities across the country to remove these people from our streets and bring them to justice continues on a daily basis. I would ask anyone who has information about this kind of activity to come forward so action can be taken."
You can report any concerns about drug dealing or County Lines activity in your area to police via 101, via Twitter @MerPolCC or Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information. Always call 999 if a crime is in progress.