Dealer had ‘ball’ of drugs on train

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH - STU­ART GREER

AMAN caught on a train with a ‘ball’ of class A drugs has jailed for seven been years.

Michael Paul Ault, 40, was spot­ted by po­lice swap­ping cash for a pack­age of heroin and co­caine in a drug deal in Liver­pool.

He was ar­rested try­ing to board a train bound for Not­ting­ham.

Ault, of South Park Road, Mac­cles­field, was found guilty of pos­ses­sion of heroin with in­tent to sup­ply, and pos­ses­sion of co­caine with in­tent to sup- ply af­ter a trial at Liver­pool Crown Court.

He was sen­tenced to seven years in prison.

The court heard that on June 5 last year Ault was spot­ted by three of­fi­cers from the Na­tional Crime Agency ex­chang­ing cash for ‘a large quan­tity of white power wrapped into a ball’ from a group of three men on Bolton Street in Liver­pool.

Ault was seen to put the pack­age into his pocket be­fore head­ing to Lime Street sta­tion and board­ing a train bound for Not­ting­ham, pros­e­cu­tors claimed.

Two of the of­fi­cers fol­lowed him onto the train and re­moved him, the court heard.

Ault re­sisted the of­fi­cers and a vi­o­lent strug­gle en­sued which saw him re­strained on the ground, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Dur­ing the scuf­fle a num­ber of items fell from Ault’s pock­ets, in­clud­ing the sus­pected drugs pack­age which turned out to con­tain smaller plas­tic packs of heroin and co­caine with a street value of more than £2,000, the court heard.

Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice of­fi­cers alerted to the in­ci­dent at­tended the scene and as­sisted with Ault’s de­ten­tion, tak­ing charge of him and trans­port­ing him to a cus­tody suite, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Speak­ing af­ter the sen­tenc­ing De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Martin Melia said: “It is in no small part thanks to the ac­tions of the three Na­tional Crime Agency of­fi­cers who spot­ted Ault ex­change cash for the drugs, and fol­lowed him onto his train be­fore alert­ing Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice of­fi­cers that he is now be­hind bars.

“Drugs ruin lives and de­stroy fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties.

“A seven year prison term re­flects the court’s view that con­tin­ued in­volve­ment in the sup­ply of drugs should be dealt with se­verely.

“I hope the sen­tence sends a warn­ing to oth­ers that be­ing in­volved in the sup­ply of drugs will lead to cus­to­dial sen­tences, which will in­crease if pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions have not proved to be a de­ter­rent.”

●● Su­san Mary War­ring­ton

●● Michael Paul Ault

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