Speke man jailed for county lines drug supply

A man from Speke has been jailed for five years following an investigation into County Lines drug dealing.

Jack Chew, 24, of Speke, Liverpool was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday, 8 April, for being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs (crack cocaine and heroin).

Chew was identified by Operation Toxic officers as part of an investigation into the supply of Class A drugs. He was found to be the controller of the “Frosty” drugs line that was used to deal crack cocaine and heroin into Widnes and Runcorn.

Chew was arrested by officers in October 2023 and later charged and remanded into custody.

Operation Toxic is part of Project Medusa – a Merseyside-led initiative set up to tackle County Lines drug dealing and child criminal exploitation across the country.

The Project Medusa team provides the daily force response to County Lines and they work alongside partners and other forces from across the UK to dismantle and disrupt criminal gangs. It is funded by the Home Office and also aims to stop the criminal exploitation of young people and vulnerable adults.

Detective Inspector Gary Stratton said, “Through our investigation, we were able to prove that Chew was the controller of a drugs line operating into Widnes and Runcorn. The jailing of criminals like Chew who sell drugs and harm vulnerable people in our communities continues on a daily basis.

“We know the devastation that drugs cause and Merseyside Police remains relentless in our pursuit of these criminals and ending their drugs trade.

“We thank the public who share information with us about drug dealing or any vulnerability they see because this intelligence is vital to protecting our communities.”

Merseyside Police’s ‘Silence is Not an Option’ campaign focuses on changing attitudes towards reporting gang-related activity and increasing intelligence reports to Crimestoppers anonymously to report serious and organised crime in Merseyside.

For more information, please visit: Give information 100% anonymously about organised crime in Merseyside | Crimestoppers (crimestoppers-uk.org)

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.

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Image: Jack Chew/Merseyside Police

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