Brazen Cheshire drug dealers caught on camera as one has an ax in his trouser waistband
Two Warrington drug dealers were filmed making gun gestures as one posed with an ax slipped through the waistband of his jogging bottoms.
In the video, released by Cheshire Police, Mark Ingle, 45, and Antony Cragg, 32, both of Longshaw Street, posed in a park during the day.
They are now jailed for their involvement in a county gang that saw drugs move from Salford to the Cheshire town, according to the Manchester Evening News reports.
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Both were jailed for their involvement in the so-called ‘Long Haired Luke’ line on Thursday March 10, which brought up to 3.5kg of Class A drugs onto the streets of the city.
Ingle – who had the ax – was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison while Cragg was sentenced to three years and seven months.
Alex Brady, 21, of Lightoaks Road in Salford, who was sentenced to four years and eight months for his involvement in the gang, was seen presenting the video before turning the camera to the couple.
Introducing Ingle and Cragg, Brady says, “Trap, active, the fucking mandem.
Brady then tells Ingle to “show ’em…show ’em what you got”.
The video was released by Cheshire Police following the conviction of 14 people for their involvement in the Long Haired Luke gang.
Cheshire Constabulary’s Operation Spartans – a crackdown on organized crime groups in the area – found they were using burner phones and safehouses to transport drugs from Salford to Warrington
In a gray tracksuit, Ingle reveals the ax of his belt as the trio laugh.
At the same time, Cragg makes pistol and peace gestures towards the camera with his hand.
From January to July 2021, more than 16,094 flash text messages – issued to multiple numbers at once – were sent to known drug users.
The gang was allegedly responsible for supplying 1.7 kg to 3.5 kg of Class A drugs.
Other defendants are to be sentenced at a later date.
Following the conviction, Senior Crown Prosecutor Nicola Wyn Williams said: “Operation Spartans was one of the largest undercover drugs operations ever handled by Cheshire Police.
“The CPS worked with police from the outset to review evidence prior to the arrest of over 40 suspects.
“Among those arrested, decisions were made to charge 40 defendants.
“To have all 40 finally admit their involvement through their guilty pleas was a huge achievement and a testament to the work the prosecution team has done to build such a strong case.”