A drug dealer caught red-handed with Â£6,000 worth of heroin and crack cocaine has been jailed.
Darren Hunt (born 09/05/1988), of Kirkby Avenue, Manchester, pleaded guilty to possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply at an earlier hearing.
On 31 July 2014 he was jailed for three years at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square.
From the summer of 2012, police in North Manchester received a number of complaints of on-street drug dealing. Reports came in that drugs were being sold in broad daylight.
Acting on information from the public, officers then launched Operation Cairo, which involved enquiries including detailed intelligence gathering.
At about 11am on 9 April 2014, officers observed Hunt approaching a vehicle on Kirkby Avenue in Moston.
When he saw police, he fled but was eventually detained after a struggle with officers. When searched, he was found to have Â£6,000 worth of heroin, crack cocaine and cocaine on him.
Police Constable Graham Siddall, from Operation Cairo, said: “This is a great result for the community as yet one more drug dealer is taken off the streets for three years and locked up.
“I hope this sentence demonstrates to our community that we are continuing out fight against drug dealers in an effort to make the lives of decent people living in these areas more bearable.
“Drugs can bring misery to lots of people’s lives. Not only those who take drugs, but their loved ones and the community they live in. Dealers like Hunt, who was caught with thousands of pounds of Class A drugs on him, contribute to this misery by selling their drugs so in taking him out of circulation I have no doubt we are potentially saving people’s lives.
“I would also like to thank PC Daniel Pickavance, PC Jeff Pearcey and PC James Brierley for their tenacity in not only gathering the intelligence about this dealer but also apprehending him when he tried to escape.
“It remains a priority for us to rid drug dealers from our streets so would urge the public to continue to call police or Crimestoppers anonymously if they are aware of where drugs are being dealt. We will always act on the intelligence and information we are given.”
Anyone with information about those involved in drug-related activity in their area should call police on 101, or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, onÂ 0800 555 111.