AN Ellesmere Port man has been jailed for six years after police discovered he had heroin in his pocket following a stop check on the M53.

Paul Morgan, 49, of Green Lane, Great Sutton, had tried to flee the scene but was arrested by officers after falling face first into brambles.

He was later charged with possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

Morgan pleaded guilty to the offence and was sentenced to six years in prison when he appeared at Chester Crown Court last week (Wednesday, September 9).

He was a passenger in a car that was stopped by police near junction 4 of the M53.

Having been detained after trying to flee the scene, Morgan told officers that he had some "gear" in his pocket.

They searched him and found a clear bag containing brown blocks which was later found to be 14.5g of heroin with a street value of £1,100.

Following further tests it was found that heroin of this amount could have been devised into 111 individual deals.

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Paul Morgan, of Green Lane in Great Sutton.

Detective Constable Roy Wellings said: "This is an excellent result and I hope that this will stop those who believe they can get away with drug dealing in our town.

"I am glad that Morgan will serve a lengthy sentence behind bars for supplying heroin to people in Ellesmere Port.

"It is of paramount importance to us to remove these drugs and those who supply them as they have a hugely detrimental impact to our communities and cause widespread misery.

"We act on all information that we receive and would ask the public to continue to do their part in helping to make Ellesmere Port a safer place to live."

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, David Keane added: "As your Police and Crime Commissioner I am committed to working with Cheshire Police to stamp out illegal drug activity in order to keep you safe.

"This result is a great example of the ongoing work being carried out by officers to prevent these drugs hitting the streets of Ellesmere Port, sending a clear message to those that believe they can continue to flout the law that this behaviour will not be tolerated.

"The public have a crucial role to play in the fight against illegal drugs and I would urge anyone who has information about suspected drug activity in their neighbourhood to report it to Cheshire Police."