A drug dealer who travelled by car to Warrington to sell heroin and crack cocaine has been jailed for four years.
Ade Junior Adekoya, 35 of Ernest Street, Bolton was sentenced to four years imprisonment for possession with intent to supply class A drugs at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday 28 April.
The court heard how officers from Warrington’s Beat Initiative Team were patrolling Longshaw Street on Thursday 18 June in an unmarked police vehicle when they sighted a Golf GTI parked up on Crosby Avenue.
One of the officers recognised Adekoya who was acting suspiciously inside the vehicle.
Patrols followed the car before it began driving away at high speed. The vehicle was later found abandoned and locked in a nearby car park.
As officers were examining the vehicle they heard a loud bang nearby.
When they went to investigate what was happening, they found that Adekoya had jumped out of a first-floor window of a nearby block of flats and landed on a canopy that covered the communal door entrance to the flats. As he did so, he placed two phones in a hollow part of the canopy.
As officers detained Adekoya, he was seen to discard small plastic wraps of brown and white powder into a grid. He was then arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a class A drug.
Following a custody search Adekoya was found to be in possession of £375 in cash.
Further forensics found Adekoya’s phone to contain evidence of drug activity and that the plastic wraps recovered contained heroin and crack cocaine.
Adekoya was subsequently charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine along with possession of criminal property.
He was remanded into custody and was set to face trial before pleading guilty on Tuesday 27 April.
Police Constable Adam Gorman of Warrington Beat Initiative Team said: “I welcome the lengthy sentencing handed down by the courts to Adekoya.
“I hope that this acts as a deterrent to those who believe that they can come into Warrington and deal drugs.
“Drugs bring misery to communities and I know that we will continue to do all we can to remove illegal substances from our streets.”
Detective Sergeant Thomas Hall said:“This is a great result and I would like to praise the officers that worked so tirelessly in this case to bring Adekoya to justice.
“Adekoya attempted to discard key evidence of his involvement in drug dealing before being detained by officers on the scene.
“The Warrington Beat Initiative Team will not stop in our efforts to make the town a hostile environment for criminals who think that they can get away with bringing drugs into the county.”
Anyone with information about illegal drug activity in their community can report it to Cheshire Police via the website
Alternatively, information can be passed on to Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or online via the Crimestoppers website.