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NWROCU welcome sentencing of 58 year old Liverpool man following large drugs operation

News   •   Apr 11, 2019 11:15 BST

Detectives from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (NWROCU) have welcomed the sentencing of a 58 year old man after he was today (11th April) convicted for his role following a drugs operation targeting those suspected of supplying drugs in Merseyside.

John Grace, 58, of Waresley Crescent, Liverpool was sentenced to 12 years behind bars.

Grace, who was a registered taxi driver, was also the head of an Organised Crime Group supplying Class A drugs in Merseyside.

He was arrested on 11th January 2018 following a seizure in Widnes, Cheshire that also recovered four kilos of cocaine with a street value in excess of £60,000.

Detective Inspector Nick Hughes said: "We’re committed to taking dangerous substances as well as dangerous people off our streets.

"The sentencing of Grace is a result of a long-running and complex operation in relation to suspected heroin and cocaine supply and money laundering offences, which we have been investigating since May 2017.

"We’ll continue, with the support of police forces across the North West and beyond, to target those suspected of being involved in the supply and distribution of drugs, and put them before the courts.

“Drug dealers often only think of themselves and their financial gain, not thinking of the ripple effects these substances have on those who use drugs, their families and friends.

“We want Merseyside to be a safe and secure county. I would encourage the public to report those involved in supplying drugs.

“If you suspect drug dealers to be operating in your area, please DM @MerPolCC or call @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 so we can investigate accordingly.”