Liverpool man jailed for County Lines drug dealing

A Liverpool drug dealer has been jailed for four years and four months following an investigation into County Lines drug dealing.

Patrick Kinsella, 29, of Liverpool, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday, Thursday 13 July, after pleading guilty to supplying heroin and crack cocaine.

As part of Operation Toxic, officers executed a warrant at a property in Liverpool on 14 June 2023 where Kinsella was arrested.

As part of a joint investigation between Project Medusa and Police Scotland, it was proven that Kinsella was controlling a County Lines drugs supply in Fraserburgh, in Scotland, using the name ‘Zac N Paddy’.

Project Medusa is a Merseyside-led initiative set up to tackle County Lines drug dealing and child criminal exploitation.

Detective Inspector Gary Stratton said, “We welcome this sentencing where Kinsella is now behind bars and has time to reflect on his criminal activity.

“We have disrupted a chain of supply and taken a significant quantity of drugs off the streets and further afield, preventing them from damaging communities.

“Organised crime is hugely damaging to our communities, often involving intimidation, violence and creating fear and it is these criminals who run County Lines.

“Criminals involved in organised crime have no thought for anyone other than themselves, and their criminal intent and greed.

“Project Medusa is dedicated to cutting these County Lines dead and taking those who operate them off our streets and working with partners to help those who may be exploited by these gangs.”

Read more here about how to spot the signs of exploitation linked to drug dealing and the Eyes Open campaign, introduced by Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership:

You can also report any concerns to police on 999 if a crime is in progress, via 101, or via Twitter @MerPolCC.

You can also pass information via the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at:

Image: Merseyside Police/Patrick Kinsella

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