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Garston drug dealer jailed for nine years

14/12/2010

A Garston man has been jailed for nine years after being convicted of drugs and firearms offences at Liverpool Crown Court.

Derek Jones, a Crown Advocate for Merseyside Crown Prosecution Service, told the court that when police searched 26-year-old Jamie Aytoun's home, they found £900,000 worth of drugs as well as a 12-gauge pump action shotgun

Aytoun, of Bravery Court, was picked up and arrested in Holyhead trying to board a ferry bound for Ireland.  He pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm without a licence, two counts of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply and another four counts of possessing class C drugs with intent to supply.

The house contained 2.25kg of heroin and more than 800g of cocaine. Together the class A drugs were worth up to £157,000. A further 16kg of class C drugs were found, which were said to derive from chemicals which mimic the effects of taking ecstasy.  The court was told that there was enough powder to make 67,000 tablets.

Mr Jones said: "The evidence against Aytoun was extremely strong and meant that we were able to identify this case as one which was eligible for an early guilty plea."

Sentencing Aytoun, Judge Mark Brown said: "It is clear that you were involved in a significant operation to break down and distribute class A and class C drugs.

"Those who engage in trafficking class A drugs are involved in a dreadful trade that often causes misery and deprivation to others."

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For more information contact Sharon King, Group Communications Manager, CPS Mersey-Cheshire, on 0151 239 6465.