Manchester drug dealer caught by security staff at Preston Guild Hall has been jailed

A man caught dealing drugs by security staff at Preston Guild Hall has been jailed.

Thursday, 25th October 2018, 2:51 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th October 2018, 3:53 pm
Michael Baxendale

Security staff at Preston guild Hall spotted Michael Baxendale, 28, of Devonshire Road, Atherton, Manchester, acting suspiciously during an event.

After detaining Baxendale, they found him carrying around 30 bags containing cocaine, MDMA and cannabis.

He was arrested by Preston Police in April and later charged with supplying a controlled Class A drug, possession with intent to supply a controlled Class A drug and offering to supply a controlled Class B drug.

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He later pleaded guilty to the offences and was handed a five year prison sentence at Preston Crown Court yesterday (October, 24, 2018).

Det Con Lewis Haigh, of Preston CID, said: “This a fantastic result and testament to the efforts of security staff at the Guild Hall and our officers in securing a lengthy prison sentence.

“Two security staff spotted Baxendale carrying cash and a bag of white powder. A further search found tablets and more bags of white powder. On the way to custody, Baxendale attempted to conceal drugs from his shoe but was spotted by police.

“Baxendale took 140 pills to the venue that evening. Each tablet could have potentially been harmful to anyone who had contact with them.

“We have investigated a number of serious injuries as a result of drugs used on nights out in Preston during the last 12 months and welcome this sentence and the message it sends.

“Furthermore I would like to praise the great work of door staff at the Guild who clearly take the safety of their patrons seriously.”