Dealer back in jail af­ter EIGHT days on the run

Macclesfield Express - - POP CONCERT TERROR ATTACK -

A CON­VICTED drug dealer is back be­hind bars af­ter go­ing on the run from prison for EIGHT days.

Michael Green, 36, from Mac­cles­field, failed to re­turn to HMP Kirkham af­ter be­ing re­leased on tem­po­rary li­cense.

His es­cape pro­moted a man­hunt which cen­tred on Cheshire, Lancashire and Stafford­shire ar­eas where he is known to have links.

A ea­gle-eyed mem­ber of the pub­lic spot­ted Green in Mac­cles­field Ceme­tery on West­min­strer Road af­ter the Ex­press ran a po­lice ap­peal fea­tur­ing his photo and de­scrip­tion, in­clud­ing his dis­tinc­tive ear pierc­ings and tat­toos on his neck and hands.

Of­fi­cers from Mac­cles­field Po­lice swooped and ar­rested him.

Green, of Wen­lock Close, ap­peared be­fore mag­is­trates in Crewe where he ad­mit­ted re­main­ing un­law­fully at large af­ter be­ing tem­po­rar­ily re­leased from prison.

He was sen­tenced to eight weeks in prison.

Mag­is­trates de­scribed Green’s ac­tions as ‘a de­lib­er­ate act’ af­ter he was ‘re­leased on trust’.

Green 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, pay­ing him with ‘tokes of the crack pipe’.

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 spokesman for Lancashire Po­lice, con­firmed Green had been ar­rested.

Kirkham is a cat­e­gory D prison which means pris­on­ers are trusted to serve their sen­tence in open con­di­tions.

Michael Green

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