Man­hunt for drug dealer on the run

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

AMANHUNT has been launched af­ter a drug dealer from Mac­cles­field ab­sconded from prison.

Po­lice are ap­peal­ing for help to find Michael Green, who failed to re­turn to HMP Kirkham on Tues­day, May 2, af­ter be­ing re­leased on tem­po­rary li­cence.

Green, 36, was jailed for pos­ses­sion of Class A drugs with in­tent to sup­ply at Ch­ester Crown Court in March 2016.

He was among nine mem­bers of an or­gan­ised crime gang jailed fol­low­ing a year-long un­der­cover op­er­a­tion by Cheshire Po­lice.

Po­lice said the gang pumped £426,000 worth of heroin and crack cocaine on to the streets of Mac­cles­field.

Green, who was de­scribed dur­ing his sen­tenc­ing as a ‘lead­ing dealer’ in the gang, was a home­less al­co­holic who had spent half his life bat­tling drug ad­dic­tion.

He col­lected stock and sold drugs on the streets, sell­ing to un­der­cover of­fi­cers three times.

He was also ac­cused of drag­ging a vul­ner­a­ble teenager into the crim­i­nal op­er­a­tion as an as­sis­tant.

Green was one of four men who pleaded guilty to con­spir­acy to sup­ply heroin and crack cocaine.

The gang was snared as a re­sult of Op­er­a­tion Alzira, which con­cluded when 200 po­lice of­fi­cers launched a se­ries of house raids, re­sult­ing in 20 ar­rests.

A po­lice ap­peal was launched af­ter Green failed to re­turn to prison from day re­lease.

He is de­scribed as white, 5ft 5in tall, slim build with blue eyes, brown hair and nu­mer­ous ear pierc­ings. He has tat­toos on his neck and hands.

DS James Ed­monds, from Lancashire Po­lice, said: “Our en­quiries are on-go­ing to find Michael Green and we would urge any­one who has seen him or knows of his where­abouts to con­tact us.

“We would also urge Michael Green him­self to hand him­self in to his near­est po­lice sta­tion if he sees this ap­peal.”

Con­tact po­lice on 101 quot­ing log LC-201705021449, or you can con­tact Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111 or on­line at Crimestop­per­

Michael Green ab­sconded while on li­cence

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