Street dealers' pockets emptied as misery and trouble sweeps area

By Joe Thomas

Pictures released by police offered a glimpse inside the pockets of Merseyside's street dealers after a series of arrests.

Patrols swooped on suspected drug runners in Southport and Crosby, taking four men into custody for questioning.

Officers took to Twitter to reveal the hauls found in each operation, releasing images of dozens of tiny bags.

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Those bags showed heroin and crack cocaine split into street deals.

The biggest seizure came following the arrest of a 43-year-old man from Southport.

More than 120 wraps were recovered by police, who laid out the deals on a craft cutting board to display the scale of what they had found.

The arrest of two men in Crosby came after a stop and search yielded 79 wraps of heroin and cocaine, again split into similar deals as recovered in Southport.

It was in Southport where a 39-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs after a further 47 knotted bags were seized.

The street value of the combined haul would have been thousands of pounds but the pictures offered a clear view of how the drugs trade can bring in large sums of money accumulated through the mass-sale of small amounts of illicit substances.

Images previously showing how cash seized on the streets is often made up of small change have offered a similar picture - that the profits of drug gangs are typically based on small sales to a large customer base.

The swoops in Crosby and Southport came as part of the separate Merseyside Police operations Pelican and Overlord.

Overlord in particular has enjoyed success across South Sefton, with hundreds of thousands of pounds and designer goods seized from those operating higher up the drug dealing chain in recent months.

And in Southport, dad Anthony Buck was jailed last month in an example of how severely the courts can deal with street dealers.

He was found with 41 wraps of Class A drugs and analysis of the 49-year-old's mobile phone revealed an enquiry from someone looking to buy drugs.

A police search of Buck's Shakespeare Street home led to the recovery of three balls of cocaine made up of a total of 59 wraps and £725.

In total, Buck was linked to 103 wraps of cocaine and heroin, split into £20 street deals. The drugs had a combined value of £2,060.

He was sentenced to two years and three months in jail after he admitted possession with intent to supply cocaine and heroin.

*Anyone with information about drug dealing can contact Merseyside Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111

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