Dealer on supply run hid heroin in his buttocks

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A drug dealer confessed he had illicit substances stowed “in his buttocks” after police stopped his car on a supply run from Liverpool to Northwich.

Christopher Pope, 38, of Catalan Close, Winsford, was pulled over in a grey Ford Focus on Northwich Road in Dutton on Runcorn’s southern outskirts shortly after 1pm on Wednesday, April 21.

A Cheshire police spokesman said that as officers searched the suspect, Pope piped up and said he had drugs “hidden in his buttocks”.

He was arrested for suspected possession with intent to supply class A drugs and a subsequent search of his home found more drugs packed for sale in his wardrobe.

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The total 48 wraps of crack cocaine and 10 wraps of heroin seized from Pope were valued at nearly £600.

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

On Friday at Chester Crown Court, Pope was sentenced to two years and four months in prison.

After the hearing, Sergeant David Christmas, of Cheshire police, 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.

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“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.

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“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.”

Chief Inspector Gary Smith said: “Illegal drugs have a hugely detrimental impact and I want to reassure residents that we are relentless in our pursuit of those involved in the supply of such drugs.

“As part of this fight information from the public is vital 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.”

Anyone concerned about potential drug crime can call Cheshire police on 101 or report information online here.