Drug dealers jailed for selling heroin and crack cocaine in Chorley

A pair of drug dealers have been jailed for a total of 9 years and 4 months after they were found with heroin and crack cocaine in Chorley.

Tuesday, 29th September 2020, 2:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 29th September 2020, 2:04 pm

The two County Lines drug dealers had been operating out of Merseyside and were caught in possession of heroin and crack cocaine after they were stopped by officers in Chorley in July.

James Heyes, 61, from Chorley, has been jailed for 5 years and 7 months whilst John Vincent Lloyd, 34, from Liverpool, has been jailed for 3 years and 9 months.

Both men pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs at Preston Crown Court, with Heyes sentenced yesterday (September 28) and Lloyd sentenced on September 16.

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What happened?

On July 13, plain clothes officers from the South Divisional Target Team searched a man in Astley Park after seeing him acting suspiciously.

Officers found 34-year-old John Vincent Lloyd in possession of over £300 in cash, two mobile phones and a number of individual wraps of Class A drugs - heroin and crack cocaine.

Lloyd was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

James Heyes, 61 (right) has been jailed for 5 years and 7 months whilst John Vincent Lloyd, 34 (left), has been jailed for 3 years and 9 months for drug dealing in Chorley

A further search in the custody suite, found Lloyd in possession of an additional 60 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine.

On September 16, Lloyd, of St Catherine’s Road, Bootle, Liverpool, appeared at Preston Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

He was sentenced to three years and nine months imprisonment.

On July 26, plain clothes officers spotted a man acting suspiciously around Pall Mall in Chorley.

When he was searched officers found him in possession of over £300 in cash and two mobile phones.

James Richard Heyes, 61, was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of drugs.

A total of 98 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine were found hidden in Heyes’ underwear when he was searched at the custody suite.

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Yesterday (Monday, September 28), Heyes, of Hollinshead Street, Chorley, pled guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs when he appeared at Preston Crown Court.

He was sentenced to five years and seven months imprisonment.

In both cases forfeiture orders were made for the seized cash and destruction orders were made for the drugs.

Statement from Lancashire Police

PC Edward Carroll, of the South Divisional Target Team, said: "I am pleased with the sentence imposed on both Lloyd and Heyes and they send out a clear message that Lancashire Police will disrupt drug-dealing activity and prosecute the offenders.

"Through diligent investigation it was clear that both defendants were part of a larger county lines drug running operation from Merseyside, with the aim of exploiting vulnerable drug users in Chorley.

"I would like to reassure the people of Chorley, and the wider community of Lancashire that we are taking this type of crime seriously and will continue to deal robustly with all people involved in drug dealing.

"If you have any information about drug dealing in your area please let us know and we will always act on it."

Anyone with concerns about criminality in their area can call police on 101 or report it online.

Alternatively, you contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.