Un­der­cover op­er­a­tion sees drug dealer jailed

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY TRAGEDY - STU­ART GREER

AMAN has been jailed af­ter he was caught with co­caine and heroin dur­ing an un­der­cover crack­down on illegal drugs.

Mark An­thony Watt was ar­rested on May 7 as part of Op­er­a­tion Toad­stool, which tar­geted a ‘ new gen­er­a­tion’ of deal­ers ped­dling nar­cotics by run­ning mo­bile oper­a­tions from cars.

The 44-year-old, of An­son Road, Manch­ester, ad­mit­ted as­sault, pos­ses­sion with in­tent to sup­ply crack co­caine and pos­ses­sion with in­tent to sup­ply di­amor­phine.

On Thurs­day at Ch­ester Crown Court, Watt was jailed for three years and nine months for each of the drugs charges and six weeks for the as­sault.

The sen­tences will run con­cur­rently. Po­lice say Watt was in a Ford Fi­esta on Churchill Way at 11.30am when he was ap­proached by of­fi­cers. Watt fled into an area of bushes but was caught by po­lice soon af­ter­wards.

A dog han­dler made a search of the area he had hid in and dis­cov­ered heroin and crack co­caine with a street value of £200.

Speak­ing af­ter Watt’s sen­tence Sgt He­len Pot­ter said: “We have been tar­get­ing drug deal­ing in Mac­cles­field town cen­tre as a pri­or­ity and this latest con­vic­tion shows the com­mu­nity we are de­ter­mined to tackle the is­sue.”

Op­er­a­tion Toad­stool is the latest at­tempt to tackle the drugs trade and fol­lows on from Op­er­a­tion Dizi in 2013 and Opera- tion Dres­den in 2014.

Oth­ers con­victed in­clude: David Hunter, 34, of Stoneleigh Close, Mac­cles­field, who ad­mit­ted pos­sess­ing crack co­caine and heroin; Thomas David Lee Jack­son, 18, of Wen­lock Close, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted pos­ses­sion of co­caine; James John Wellings Bar­low, 19, of Au­gusta Drive, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted pos­ses­sion of cannabis; Craig John Allen, 32, of East Park Road, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted pos­ses­sion of heroin; Sam Chris­tian John Is­gar, 28, of By­ron Street, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted pos­ses­sion of co­caine and cannabis; Thomas David Brown, 30, of War­wick Close, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted shoplift­ing; Mar­cus Mel­lor, 23, ad­mit­ted bur­glary; Mark Good­win, of Pitt Street, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted pos­ses­sion of a knife; Mar­cus Hol­land, of Play­fair Street, Manch­ester, ad­mit­ted dan­ger­ous driv­ing and will be sen­tenced on Septem­ber 14.

Sgt Pot­ter added: “We recog­nise the af­fect drugs have on res­i­dents and busi­nesses and will con­tinue with our ef­forts, but can only do this with the help of the com­mu­nity.”

‘We are de­ter­mined to tackle the is­sue’

●● Mark Watt ad­mit­ted pos­ses­sion of crack co­caine and di­amor­phine with in­tent to sup­ply

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