A COUNTY-LINES drug dealer in charge of bringing heroin and crack cocaine into Northwich has been jailed.

James Walker ran his gang’s large-scale drugs route into the town from Liverpool, which they'd codenamed 'the Kyle line’.  

On Tuesday, July 25, police entered the 26-year-old's home with a search warrant, where they found drug paraphernalia and a mobile phone containing evidence of advertising drugs for sale.

Walker was charged with being concerned in making an offer to supply crack cocaine and heroin.

He pleaded guilty to the charges, and appeared at Liverpool Crown Court for sentencing on Thursday, November 9.

Walker, of Sturdee Road, Liverpool, was sentenced to three years and eight months in prison.

After the sentencing, Detective Inspector Gary Stratton said: “Following a thorough investigation, detectives discovered Walker was the controller of the Kyle line, which was supplying drugs from Liverpool to Northwich.

“This investigation forms part of our ongoing work to tackle serious organised crime, close county lines, and target those who are involved in the large-scale supply of drugs across Merseyside and into other areas.

“Information from the public is vital if we are to breakdown the organised crime groups who bring misery to our streets, and I would appeal to anyone who has information to come forward.”