Five sentenced after crackdown on drugs
FIVE people have been sentenced after being caught with illegal drugs during an undercover crackdown in Macclesfield.
The men, aged 18-32, who are all from the town, were caught in possession of cannabis, cocaine, crack cocaine or heroin during Operation Toadstool which took place during April and May.
The operation by Cheshire Police was their latest attempt to tackle the drugs trade in the town and follows on from Operation Dizi in 2013 and Operation Dresden in 2014.
The most recent to face justice was David Hunter, 34, of Stoneleigh Close, Macclesfield, who admitted possessing crack cocaine and heroin at Macclesfield Magistrates court.
Prosecutors said Hunter was driving when he was stopped by police on Chelford Road on April 27. The court heard that police dogs found 1.77 grams of crack and 3.61 grams of heroin concealed in the panel of a car.
Hunter told police he bought the drugs in bulk because he works away in his job as a shop merchandiser and took the drugs when he wanted them.
Hunter, who defended himself, said he began taking drugs after a split from his girlfriend.
He said: “I hit rock bottom. But I am now back on the straight and narrow.”
Other to be prosecuted through Macclesfield magistrates’ court include:
Thomas David Lee Jackson, 18, of Wenlock Close, Macclesfield, admitted possession of cocaine. He was given a community order with 200 hours unpaid work.
James John Wellings Barlow, 19, of Augusta Drive, Macclesfield, admitted possession of cannabis and was fined £70.
Craig John Allen, 32, of East Park Road, Macclesfield, admitted possession of heroin and was fined £65.
Sam Christian John Isgar, 28, of Byron Street, Macclesfield, admitted possession of cocaine and cannabis and was fined £150.
Others arrested as part of Operation Toadstool include Thomas David Brown, 30, of Warwick Close, Macclesfield, who has admitted shoplifting and is due to be sentenced on July 31.
‘I hit rock bottom but now I am back on the straight and narrow’