TWO drug dealers have been sent to prison after they were discovered selling heroin and crack cocaine during a massive police swoop.
Gary Campbell, 33, of Royal Avenue, Widnes, was found guilty at Warrington Crown Court on Thursday of possessing the drugs with intent to supply. John Wall, 38, of Victoria Road, Widnes, pleaded guilty to the same offences on October 4.
On Friday Wall was jailed for three-and-a-half years, after being given credit for his guilty plea by Judge David Hale, and Campbell was sentenced to five years in prison.
Both men were arrested in Heralds Close, Widnes, on July 15 as part of Operation Clean-Sweep. Both men were charged with possession of heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply and being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine.
The court heard that the two men were spotted in a car selling drugs to a third man.
As the officers approached the car driven by Campbell, Wall was spotted fidgeting around in the passenger seat.
Police recovered £500 in cash from Campbell and two bags - one containing heroin and the other crack - were recovered from the man in the back seat.
When Wall was searched at the police station, officers discovered he had hidden 20 bags of cocaine and six bags of heroin on his person.
The court heard that both men had long criminal records and had served lengthy prison sentences
Both were on licence from prison when they were arrested.
As a result Campbell will serve a total of six years and two months and Wall four years and six months.
However, they had never been arrested before for drug dealing offences.
Judge Hale told the pair: 'You were found to be street dealing heroin and crack cocaine.
'You were preying on those addicted for your own personal profit.'
Detective Constable Neil Radley, of the Halton Dedicated Drugs Team, said: 'This is an excellent result and reflects the hard work put into this case by the Drugs Team.'