Two men have been sentenced for £45,000 worth of spice seized in Moston

Anthony Hunt of Moston was sentenced at Manchester Crown Square to seven years and nine months.  After pleading guilty to a raft of drugs offences.

John O’Brien of Manchester, was given a 12-month suspended sentence. After pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply heroin and cocaine.

This was added to a previous two-year suspended sentence which was given to him following possession of heroin and cocaine on 27 November 2016.

On 26 November 2016 police attended the scene of a collision close to Cannock junction 12 on the M6 southbound. There they found a transit van abandoned on the embankment.

A search of the van found a quantity of drugs and two mobile phones inside. Forensic analysis of the discarded items found the fingerprints of Hunt and O’Brien.

The following day on 27 November 2016 O’Brien was detained by police. They were detained for possession of £7,500 worth of heroin and cocaine and a substantial amount of cash.

In February 2017, police raided Hunt’s home address in Moston and found a quantity of spice. Estimated street value of £46,200, cannabis with a street value of £2,500 and amphetamine with a street value of £8,000.

Sergeant Haselden said: “This was one of the most significant seizures of spice we have ever had in Greater Manchester. Which clearly indicates that Anthony Hunt was prolific in his distribution of it.

“There has been a lot of coverage in recent months about spice and the effects that it can have on people. I hope this investigation will go some way to showing how serious we are in our efforts to remove as much of it from the streets as possible.

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