DRUG dealers caught red-handed with more than £6,000 of drugs spread out over a living room table have been jailed.
One of the dealers even kept a video on his mobile phone of himself and one of his cohorts carrying out a drug deal, along with pictures of the drugs themselves, a Taser disguised as a mobile phone which was subsequently seized and stolen property.
Following an investigation by the Wigan Integrated Neighbourhood Policing Team the duo were convicted today (Thursday).
Dale Cowley, 20, of Albert Schweitzer Avenue, Bootle, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A and B drugs (heroin, cocaine, cannabis and amphetamine). He was sentenced to five years and four months in prison.
Liam Mullin, 19, of Inner Forum, Bootle, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A and B Drugs (cocaine, heroin, amphetamine, cannabis) and being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs. He was sentenced to four years and one month in prison.
It follows an investigation by police in Wigan into the supply of Class A and B drugs.
What we found when we went through the doors of this house was a den of criminalityPolice Constable Pete Jackson
Acting on intelligence, on September 19 last year, officers from the Wigan Integrated Neighbourhood Policing Team executed a warrant in the Worsley Mesnes area.
Entry was forced and officers found the living room table to be littered with drugs - later found to be more than £6,000 of heroin, cocaine, cannabis and amphetamine.
Mullin was found with cash and drugs stuffed down his socks in ready-made deals, and officers also seized a Taser disguised as a mobile phone.
Officers also found a stolen Mercedes van and two mountain bikes that had also been reported stolen.
When examined, Cowley’s mobile phone contained numerous pictures of the drugs, the stolen bicycles, the Taser and even a video of himself and Mullin carrying out what is believed to be a drug deal.
Police Constable Pete Jackson said: “What we found when we went through the doors of this house was a den of criminality.
“Thousands of pounds worth of drugs, a prohibited firearm, stolen property - it all added up to show these two were involved in serious and persistent criminality. The fact that Cowley, for reasons best known only to himself, effectively kept picture ‘souvenirs’ on his mobile phone of his drug dealing meant we had overwhelming evidence against them and they had no choice but to admit their guilt.
“The fact we seized a Taser, disguised as a mobile phone, means we have effectively seized a potentially dangerous weapon that could have caused serious harm so this is one less weapon on the streets of Wigan.
“I hope this result sends a strong message to people living in Wigan that we are listening to their concerns and we will arrest anyone involved in drug dealing and handling stolen property. Time and time again residents tell us how fed up they are of drug dealers using homes in their community as a den from which to peddle drugs and commit criminal acts, so I hope this shows residents that we will take positive and decisive action.
“I would urge anyone who suspects a property in their area is being used for criminal purposes to come forward, speak to us - in confidence if needed - and together we will rid your community of drug dealers and persistent criminals.”