Drug squad po­lice nab bur­glar on un­der­cover pa­trol

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

ABURGLAR spot­ted by po­lice who were work­ing on a drugs op­er­a­tion has been jailed for four years.

Mar­cus Mel­lor, 23, also known as Mar­cus Beres­ford, was ar­rested on April 21 by un­der­cover pa­trols in­volved in Op­er­a­tion Toad­stool.

He was be­ing hunted by po­lice af­ter a bur­glary of a house on Black Road, Macclesfield, on April 18.

Mel­lor, of Jupiter Street, Stoke, ad­mit­ted bur­glary at Ch­ester Crown Court on May 15.

The of­fence, which was com­mit­ted while Mel­lor was on li­cence from pri­son, in­volved the theft of an iPad.

The judge sen­tenced him to four years.

Mean­while, a man caught car­ry­ing a knife in an un­re­lated in­ci­dent has also been sen­tenced.

Mark Good­win, 21, was stopped by po­lice at 9.45am while walk­ing on the Silk Road on April 22, mag­is­trates in Macclesfield heard.

When he was searched they found an eight-inch knife in the sleeve of his jacket, mag­is­trates were told. He said a group of males had been threat­en­ing him, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Simon Morton, de­fend­ing, said Good­win had told po­lice about the knife as they went to search him.

Good­win, of Pitt Street, Macclesfield, ad­mit­ted pos­ses­sion of a bladed ar­ti­cle in public.

He was given a com­mu­nity or­der with two months cur­few.

The of­fi­cers who ar­rested both Mel­lor and Good­win were work­ing on Op­er­a­tion Toad­stool, an un­der­cover crack­down on the drugs trade in Macclesfield – although nei­ther was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated as part of the op­er­a­tion.

Eigh­teen peo­ple have been ar­rested and co­caine, heroin, cannabis and cash seized dur­ing April and May as Cheshire Po­lice con­tinue to at­tempt to tackle the sup­ply of Class A drugs in the town.

It is the lat­est at­tempt by po­lice to tackle drugs deal­ers com­ing into the town and fol­lows on from Op­er­a­tion Dizi in 2013 and Op­er­a­tion Dres­den in 2014.

Po­lice say a ‘new gen­er­a­tion’ of deal­ers have found new ways of ped­alling nar­cotics by run­ning mo­bile op­er­a­tions from cars.

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