A drug dealer was caught with more than £60,000 of crack cocaine and heroin when plain-clothed transport officers has been sentenced.
Paul Green, of Prince Albert Mews, Liverpool, boarded a train at Liverpool Lime Street station on Wednesday, January 13, and headed towards Wigan.
The 38-year-old was first spotted by officers from the British Transport Police (BTP)'s county lines taskforce at his home station, when they saw he wasn't wearing a face covering inside.
One of the officers later saw Green getting off a train at Wigan station, once again without a mask on. They asked him why he wasn't wearing a mask, and Green started to act suspiciously, telling the officers he was ending his journey in Wigan, before admitting he was actually travelling onwards to Aberdeen.
Green kept acting suspiciously, and refused to cooperate with the officers, so they decided to search him under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Police found 544g of heroin, and 101g of crack cocaine, worth over £60,000, and two mobile phones during their search.
At a hearing at Bolton Crown Court on February 10, Green pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply drugs of Class A status.
Last week, a judge sentenced him to three years and four months imprisonment.
The BTP’s County Lines Taskforce is a police team set up in December 2019 to apprehend organised criminals who use the rail network to transport drugs across the country.
The team hopes to identify and safeguard vulnerable children and adults often exploited to transport drugs and cash between two locations, which can be hundreds of miles apart.
Information can be passed onto the police by contacting 101, or calling the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.