Toxteth man jailed for County Lines drug dealing

A man has been jailed for three and a half years after supplying Class A drugs in Merseyside and Cheshire.

Ian Thomas, aged 36, of Toxteth, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court today (26 July) for being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs (heroin and crack cocaine), possession of Class A drugs (cocaine), possession of Class B drugs (cannabis) and possession of an offensive weapon.

The result is part of Project Medusa – an investigation into County Lines drugs supply in Merseyside.

Thomas was controlling a county line called the “Dave team”, which was supplying heroin and crack cocaine between Merseyside and Northwich, Cheshire. During a search of Thomas’ address in Toxteth, officers seized a mobile phone that revealed he was involved in the supply and sale of controlled drugs.

He was remanded into custody and pleaded guilty to all offences.

Detective Inspector Gary Stratton said, “Thomas’ arrest is 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 continues daily. 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: Ian Thomas/Merseyside Police

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