Undercover operation sees drug dealer jailed
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