Man flees police but throws ‘golf ball size’ package into garden

A drug dealer threw heroin and cocaine in someone’s garden as he fled from the police was caught soon after during a stop and search.

Jamie Wrigley, 23, of no fixed abode but from Liverpool, was arrested in Runcorn on Thursday, August 15, having been spotted by plain clothes officers in the Waterloo Road area.

Cheshire police said Wrigley tried to get rid of a “golf ball” sized package, of what was later identified as two packages containing heroin and cocaine, by discarding it in someone’s garden, when they approached.

A subsequent stop and search revealed Wrigley was carrying three mobile phones, cash, a sim card and phone charger, all of which were seized.

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Wrigley was charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply the Class A drugs heroin and cocaine, and being concerned in the supply of Class B cannabis.

He pleaded guilty and on Tuesday at Chester Crown Court, was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.

Following Wrigley's sentencing, PC Phil Thomason, of Runcorn Local Policing Unit, said: “This is a great result and I hope that this shows that we will not stop when pursuing those responsible for drug dealing in Runcorn.

“We have prevented these drugs from reaching the streets and we will continue to do everything in our power to stamp out this illegal activity in our town.

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“I would urge anyone who has information of those supplying illegal drugs to contact the team at Runcorn and we will act on any intelligence we receive.

“By working together with the community, we can make Runcorn a safer place to live, work and visit.”

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David Keane, Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner, said: “This result shows how officers are doing everything in their power to remove illegal drugs across Cheshire.

“Drug related activity brings misery to communities and I am committed to doing all that I can to tackle this issue to ensure that we can keep our neighbourhoods safe.

“I would like to thank the officers involved in this case for their hard work and I would urge the public to come forward with information that they have about drug activity in their communities.”

Anyone with concerns about drug dealing in their neighbourhood can call Cheshire police on 101 or report it via https://www.cheshire.police.uk/ro/report

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