Two men – including one who hid nearly 50 individual wraps of have heroin and cocaine inside his body – have been jailed for class A drugs offences.
John Ellison, of Elaine Street, Liverpool, and Kadell Rivers, of Skelton Road, Stretford, both pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply a controlled drug of class A (heroin and cocaine).
Ellison also admitted a charge of possessing a controlled drug of class B (cannabis).
The pair were sentenced for their offences at Chester Crown Court today, Friday 26 April.
Ellison, 29, was jailed for four years and Rivers, 24, was given a prison sentence of three years and four months.
The case against the pair began after an Audi A3 that Rivers was insured to drive was spotted travelling into the Winsford area on a number of occasions.
The car was seen in areas of the town associated with the supply of class A drugs, including on Sunday 24 February when officers spoke to the driver and passenger, who identified themselves as Rivers and Ellison respectively.
Two weeks later – at around 1pm on Thursday 7 March – officers pulled over the Audi on King Street in Rudheath, near Northwich.
Prior to the vehicle stopping the officers saw two items – later found to be bags of cannabis – thrown out of the passenger side window.
Ellison and Rivers and the car itself were subsequently searched.
Ellison was in possession of around £200 in cash and four mobile phones were found inside the Audi.
The pair were subsequently arrested and whilst in police custody it was discovered that Ellison had hidden 27 wraps of heroin and 22 wraps of cocaine inside his body and Rivers had concealed a mobile phone SIM card.
The drugs recovered as a result of the vehicle stop had a street value of around £500.
Forensic examinations of the mobile phones and SIM cards found by officers showed that they had been used to arrange the supply of illegal drugs.
They contained contacts of known drug addicts and text messages relating to drug dealing activity.
Following today’s sentencing, Detective Constable Paul Matchett said: “Our investigation into the activities of John Ellison and Kadell Rivers showed that the car they were travelling in was regularly coming into Cheshire from the Liverpool and Manchester areas.
“Pulling over the car in Rudheath led to a quantity of heroin and cocaine and a small quantity of cannabis being recovered, despite Ellison’s best efforts to conceal the drugs.
“Illegal drugs have a detrimental impact on our communities and removing those involved in drug dealing from them is a constant goal at Cheshire Constabulary.
“I hope that this case and the custodial sentences handed to Ellison and Rivers sends a clear message to other potential criminals that the use and supply of illegal drugs will not be tolerated in Cheshire.
“I would like to thank the officers and staff involved in the case for the dedication and commitment that they have shown in bringing these offenders to justice.
“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. You will be listened to and we will investigate the matter.
“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 can report suspected drug dealing to us directly by calling 101. Alternatively, information can also be given anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.”
On top of their custodial sentences Ellison and Rivers were each ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge.
Rivers was also ordered to forfeit the £200 he was found in possession of.