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Drugs dealer from Widnes jailed for more than five years; Cocaine and heroin worth thousands was seized from his address.

Byline: Gemma Sherlock

A 52-year-old drug dealer fromWidneshas been jailed for more than five years.

Ian Hall was arrested at around 9am on Wednesday, February 13, after officers executed a search warrant at his home inMargaret Court.

Acting on information received from members of the community concerning drug dealing activity at the address, officers found a large quantity of class A drugs inside the property.

The cocaine and heroin seized had an estimated street value of around [pounds sterling]2,500.

A quantity of then class C drug lorazepam, seven mobile phones, [pounds sterling]600 in cash and drug paraphernalia, including three sets of digital scales, were also found at the address.

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Hall was subsequently charged with two counts of possessing controlled drugs of class A (heroin and cocaine) with intent to supply.

He was also charged with possessing what was then a controlled drug of class C (lorazepam).

Hall pleaded guilty to all the charges and was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday, Thursday May 23rd.

He was given a prison sentence of five years and 219 days.

Following the sentencing, Detective Sergeant Roberts, ofWidnesLocal Policing Unit, said: "Hall was using his home as a base for his class A drug dealing activity.

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"These drugs have a detrimental impact on our towns and cities and removing those involved in drug dealing from our communities is of paramount importance.

"I am delighted that Hall is now behind bars and no longer able to blight the area with class A drugs and I hope that this case and the custodial sentence handed to Hall sends out a clear message to other potential criminals that the use and supply of illegal drugs will not be tolerated in Widnes or elsewhere in Cheshire.

"This case also shows that the police will act upon intelligence provided by the public in a bid to catch drug dealers and make them face the consequences of their actions.

"I would like to thank the members of the community who informed us of suspected drug dealing activity at Hall's home and I would also like to thank the officers involved in this case for their sterling work in securing this conviction.

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"While this investigation has now concluded our fight against organised criminals continues and I urge anyone with any information about suspected drug related activity in their community to get in touch.

"Breaking the cycle of serious and organised crime is very difficult and while we work with our partners we need the public to be extra eyes and ears and to come forward with information.

"You will be listened to and we will investigate the matter."

Suspected drug dealing activity can be reported toCheshire Constabularydirectly by calling 101.

Alternatively information can also be given anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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Publication:Chester Chronicle (Chester, England)
Date:May 26, 2019
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