A COUNTY lines drug dealer who hid drugs in between his buttocks is set to be jailed.

Liam Smith, also known as ‘Manc Mark’, was arrested by Northwich Proactive Policing Team during a raid on Friday (January 26).

The 35-year-old appeared at Chester Magistrates Court the following day where he pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, namely heroin and cocaine.

Following the guilty plea, police constable Matt Uren said: “This conviction is the outcome of a long running investigation involving detectives from Northwich, with the support of colleagues from the Op Impact and Op Apollo teams.

“Intel has suggested that ‘Manc Mark’ has been an active county lines dealer in the Northwich area for a significant period of time, and I have no doubt that his conviction will have a really positive impact on the community.”

At around 12.50pm on Friday, officers from Northwich Proactive Policing Team forced into an address on Brackley Lane in Little Leigh, after a suspected drug dealer was seen entering the property.

Smith was found inside the address and when searched, officers discovered he had over £2,000 worth of crack cocaine and heroin concealed in his buttocks.

Following his arrest, a warrant was conducted at Smith’s home on Brynorme Road in Manchester, where a large quantity of designer clothing was seized.

Smith was subsequently charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

He pleaded guilty at Chester Magistrates on Saturday (January 27) and has now been remanded in custody.
Smith is set to be sentenced at Chester Crown Court on Friday (February 23).

PC Uren added: “While Smith is now behind bars, our campaign against drug dealers is ongoing and we’re committed to doing all we can to can to stop drug activity on the streets of Northwich and make Cheshire a hostile place for criminals.

“We will always act on any information about drug activity provided to us and would urge anyone who believes this activity is happening near to them, to please contact us on 101 or visit www.cheshire.police.uk/tell-us.”