POLICE have said drug dealing in Cheshire will not be tolerated as a man was jailed at Chester Crown Court.

Class A drugs dealer Christopher Bridger was sentenced as a result of officers stopping and searching him.

Shortly before 4pm on Monday, March 15, plain-clothed officers on patrol witnessed him acting suspiciously in an area of Macclesfield that addicts are known to go to in order to buy drugs.

After witnessing the 26-year-old conversing with known drug users and a coming together of hands, the officers stopped and searched Bridger.

He had in his possession a small quantity of cannabis bush, £765 in cash and two mobile phones.

Bridger was arrested, and subsequent enquiries revealed that he had a drugs debt and was dealing heroin and crack cocaine.

He was subsequently charged with two counts of being concerned in the supply of the class A drugs.

He was also charged with possession of class B drug cannabis and possession of criminal property, in relation to the money he had on him when he was searched.

Bridger, of Copster Hill Road in Oldham, Greater Manchester, pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced at Chester Crown Court on Monday (April 19).

He was jailed for 2,045 days, which is one day over five-and-a-half years.

Detective Sergeant Angie Coppock, of Macclesfield Local Policing Unit’s county lines team, said: “Christopher Bridger was travelling into Cheshire from his home in Oldham in Greater Manchester to sell class A drugs.

“He has been brought to justice as a result of officers out on patrol seeing him act suspiciously in an area of Macclesfield that we know to be a hotspot for drug deals.

“They stopped and searched Bridger, and a subsequent investigation revealed the extent of his offending."

On top of his custodial sentence, Bridger was ordered to pay a £190 victim surcharge.

Chief Inspector Dave Moores, of Macclesfield LPU, said: “This case shows the importance of the police’s power to stop and search people they suspect to be breaking the law.

“As a result of our ability to stop and search Christopher Bridger, a repeat class A drugs dealer has been removed from our streets.

“These drugs cause untold damage to the lives of both those who use them and become dependent on them and the wider community who suffer from the resulting crime.

“Drug dealing in Macclesfield or elsewhere in Cheshire will not be tolerated.

“While this investigation has now concluded, our fight against illegal drugs, and those who supply them, continues."

You can report suspected drug dealing to Cheshire Constabulary directly by calling 101 or giving the details online via https://www.cheshire.police.uk/ro/report.

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