Southport man jailed for intent to supply cocaine and heroin

Police are welcoming the sentencing of a Southport man to prison for possession of intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin.

30-year-old Damien Marshall of Leyland Road was sentenced to three years and eight months at Liverpool Crown Court today (Thursday 10 June) after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.

On Friday 10 July 2020 Marshall was in a vehicle stopped in Lord Street, Southport Town Centre. He ran from officers and was detained a short distance away.

A member of the public alerted officers to Marshall having thrown two white socks away as he ran down an alley. The socks were forensically recovered and confirmed to contain 159 individual wraps of heroin and crack cocaine.

Detective Inspector Chris Smith of Operation Hammer, the Force-Wide drug Investigation Team, said: “Thanks to some smart police work and an eagle-eyed member of the public, Marshall was apprehended and has now been jailed.

“We’re committed to pursuing and putting before the courts those who supply drugs in Merseyside. We sadly see the damage that Class A drugs causes within our communities on a daily basis, and Marshall will perhaps now consider the risks and the harm as he serves his jail time.

“Key to the many successes we have in such arrests and seizures is information from the public. If you suspect drugs are being dealt or stored in your area, please contact us in the one of the following ways and we will take action.”

Always call 999 if a crime is in progress. You can also contact our social media desk on Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’, or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.