Liverpool man jailed for County Lines drugs offences

A Liverpool man has been jailed for seven years and four months after being convicted of supplying Class A drugs from Merseyside into Cheshire.

Joshua Williams, 23, of Liverpool was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday 19 September) for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs – crack cocaine and heroin.

The result came as part of Project Medusa – an investigation into County Lines drugs supply from Merseyside into Widnes.

On the morning of 4 August 2021, officers searched addresses in Liverpool and Widnes in relation to a County Line operating in the Widnes area, known as the Sully Line.

Williams was found at the address where officers seized a mobile phone linked to the Sully Line that revealed he was involved in the supply and sale of controlled drugs in addition to around 38 wraps of heroin.

Detective Inspector Gary Stratton said, “Williams’ arrest was part of the proactive work we carry out under Project Medusa, an operation that works across force boundaries to ensure we take offenders off our streets.

“I hope his sentence shows how committed we are in removing anyone who is involved in organised crime and the supply of drugs in our communities which often destroys so many lives.

“Our work to remove such criminals from our streets and stop anyone from being coerced into dealing drugs on behalf of these gangs continues on a daily basis. I would ask anyone who has information about this kind of activity to come forward so we can continue to take action.”

If you have any information about County Lines activity in your area DM @MerPolCC or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always call 999.

Image: Joshua Williams/Merseyside Police

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