A MAN responsible for bringing class A drugs from Liverpool into Cheshire has been jailed at Chester Crown Court.

Christopher Pope was arrested on Wednesday, April 21, after officers taking part in a crackdown on county lines drug dealing stopped his grey Ford Focus on Northwich Road, Dutton.

When being searched by officers the 38-year-old disclosed that he had drugs hidden in his buttocks.

Pope was arrested at the scene on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

Officers subsequently searched his home on Catalan Close, Winsford where they recovered more drugs from his wardrobe which were packaged up ready to sell.

In total officers recovered 48 wraps of crack cocaine and 10 wraps of heroin. The drugs were believed to be valued at almost £600.

Pope was charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and pleaded guilty to the charges at Warrington Magistrates’ Court on Friday, April 23.

On Friday, May 21, he appeared at Chester Crown Court where he was sentenced to two years and four months in prison.

Following his sentencing Sergeant David Christmas, of Northwich Local Policing Unit, said: “It is clear that Pope was an established dealer who was responsible for bringing drugs from Liverpool to sell on in the Winsford and Northwich areas.

“Not only was he in possession of class A drugs at the time of his arrest, but he also had more drugs hidden at his home in Winsford.

“Thankfully, following our stop check, we have been able to seize these drugs and prevent them from being sold on our streets.

“While this case is now closed our crackdown on county lines remains ongoing and we will continue to do all we can to bring to justice those responsible for the sale of illegal drugs in our communities.”

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.