Drug dealer caught by in­de­cent im­ages

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

APERVERT was ex­posed as a drug dealer af­ter po­lice raided his home over in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren.

Dur­ing the raid of Ryan An­thony Evans’s home on Brown Street, Mac­cles­field, they dis­cov­ered am­phet­a­mine and cannabis worth up to £2,770 and text mes­sages show­ing he was deal­ing drugs.

Of­fi­cers also found 123 in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren with 27 classed to be in cat­e­gory A, the most se­ri­ous.

He was jailed for 17 months.

The court heard that Evans told po­lice he started deal­ing to pay off a drug debt. He said he was ‘get­ting off his head’ and looked at web­sites with in­de­cent im­ages when he hadn’t in­tended to, af­ter click­ing to them from adult pornog­ra­phy.

But recorder Mark Ford sit­ting at War­ring­ton Crown Court said Evans had sought out in­de­cent im­ages in in­ter­net searches.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Wil­liams said: Ni­cholas “Po­lice searched the de­fen­dant’s home and seized a tablet and two mo­bile phones.

“The de­fen­dant had been search­ing us­ing an in-pri­vate brows­ing tab web­sites with names in­di­cat­ing they had in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren.

“When of­fi­cers tried to ex­tract the data, the com­puter rebooted and all ev­i­dence was lost.

“But when po­lice ex­am­ined the mo­bile phones there was ev­i­dence of mak­ing and pos­sess­ing in­de­cent im­ages.

“They were mainly fe­males aged eight to fif­teen and the cat­e­gory A [pic­tures] were par­tic­u­larly ex­treme.

“While there po­lice dis­cov­ered a large quan­tity of con­trolled drugs.”

Evans pleaded guilty to mak­ing and pos­sess­ing in­de­cent im­ages and pos­sess­ing ex­treme pornog­ra­phy be­tween Jan­uary 1 2012 and Au­gust 10 2016.

He also ad­mit­ted in­tent to sup­ply cannabis and am­phet­a­mines and pos­ses­sion of MDMA.

De­fend­ing, Daniel Har­man, said: “It’s tes­ta­ment to him that there’s a large num­ber of peo­ple in court in sup­port of him.

“He’s will­ing to work with pro­ba­tion and it’s credit to him that he’s still in em­ploy­ment.”

Recorder Evans called it a ‘tragic case’ but said the two very se­ri­ous mat­ters meant im­me­di­ate cus­tody was the only op­tion.

He said: “The peo­ple who pro­duce these loath­some im­ages do so be­cause there is a mar­ket for them and that’s the mo­ti­va­tion for ex­ploit­ing chil­dren.”

Ryan Evans

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Cheshire Po­lice, Cheshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice and North West Am­bu­lance Ser­vice at the new me­mo­rial

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