Five sen­tenced af­ter crack­down on drugs

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY MILL TRAGEDY -

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’

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