Drug squad police nab burglar on undercover patrol
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.