County line gangster caught with £ 60,000 of Class A drugs en route to Aberdeen
A ‘cheeky’ gangster was caught with thousands of pounds of Class A drugs bound for Scotland – for not wearing a face mask on the train.
Paul Green’s violation of the coronavirus rules led to him being found with more than half a kilogram of heroin and 100 grams of crack, estimated to be worth £ 60,000.
Plainclothes British Transport Police noticed the 38-year-old from Liverpool at Liverpool Lime Street station on the morning of Wednesday 13 January as he was not wearing a face covering at the station .
One of the officers then saw Green later in the morning walk up to a train station in Wigan and asked him why he wasn’t wearing a mask.
The county lines concessionaire told cops he was traveling from Liverpool to Wigan before becoming evasive and admitting he was in fact traveling to Aberdeen.
He stopped cooperating and was found with the huge supply of drugs after a search at Wigan station.
He was found in possession of a large quantity of heroin and crack and two cell phones before being arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and taken into custody for questioning .
The Class A drugs seized at Greater Manchester station were identified as 544 grams of heroin and 101 grams of crack with a market value of over £ 60,000.
Green appeared at Bolton Crown Court in February where he pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.
Last Thursday, a judge sentenced him to 40 months in prison.
Construction Detective Inspector Matt Davies said: “It is clear that Green was using the railroad to export drugs from Liverpool to Aberdeen for his own financial gain.
“His brazen efforts to travel a considerable distance with a large quantity of Class A drugs have not borne fruit thanks to the proactive work of our officers.
“Their efforts that morning resulted in the suppression of the circulation of potentially harmful heroin and crack, and Green spent his immediate future behind bars.
“Whether you see us or not, our dedicated officers patrol the rail network daily to combat the movement of drugs and illicit money across the country and disrupt the County Lines business model.
“If you are traveling on the network and you see something wrong, text us on 61016 or call us on 0800 40 50 40. In an emergency always dial 999.”
The BTP County Lines Task Force – a police team dedicated to combating organized criminals using the railroad to transport drugs – was set up with funding from the Home Office in December 2019.
One of the team’s main goals is to identify and protect vulnerable children and adults often exploited by gangs to transport drugs and cash between locations that can be hundreds of miles apart.
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