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Panicked fisherman throws 31 wraps of drugs into canal

A drug dealer stuffed three wraps of heroin and cocaine in his mouth while another chucked his stash in a canal when they were busted by police.

The desperate last ditch attempts to evade justice were today revealed as Huyton drug dealer Daniel Jones, 21, and Dale Garrett, aged 46, from Cheshire village Lostock Graham were between them jailed for a total of five years.

The prison sentences came after a successful week-long Cheshire Police operation to smash county lines drug gangs.

Both men were peddling heroin and crack cocaine in Lostock Gralam but were rumbled during the police crackdown.

The men were arrested separately during the week of action after officers were made aware of their drug activity following community tip-offs.

Cheshire Police said Jones, Parbrook Close, Huyton was responsible for travelling into Lostock with the drugs and they would be sold to users in the area.

On Tuesday, October 8 Jones was fishing on the canal bank on Manchester Road in Lostock Gralam when he was stopped by police.

Police said after plain clothed officers identified themselves to him "he threw the drugs into the canal" and was arrested.

Police later recovered 31 individually wrapped drugs from the water and seized two mobiles, cash and cannabis in his possession.

The previous day Garrett was stopped by officers - also on Manchester Road - and realising the game was up made a desperate attempt to hide the evidence by stuffing wraps of heroin and cocaine in his mouth.

Dale Garrett, aged 46, of Langford Road in Lostock Gralam pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin and was sentenced to 28 months. (Merseyside Police)

A Cheshire Police spokesman said: "While being searched by officers he attempted to conceal three wraps of heroin and crack cocaine by putting them into his mouth."

He was then arrested and cash and a mobile phone, which police said "was ringing constantly", was seized from him.

Crime sentence guidelines

A county line is operated by an organised crime group (OCG) who use a mobile phone, known as a ‘line’ or a ‘graft’ to extend their criminal activity business into new locations - usually from a city into rural areas. In some cases vulnerable adults can be exploited and their homes used as an operating base to deal the drugs – a term known as cuckooing.

Jones pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Garrett pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin and was sentenced to 28 months.

PC Matthew Uren, of Northwich Local Policing Unit, said: “Over a short period of time we have seen how experienced these men are with their activity and how they went to great lengths to supply drugs to users.

"Thanks to the local community coming forward with information we were able to disrupt their drug dealing.

“I want to take this opportunity to urge residents to spot the signs of vulnerability, keep an eye out if they feel something isn’t right and to report it to us on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Information can also be provided by email https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries

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