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Teenagers jailed for conspiracy to supply drugs

Joshua Byrne and Jack Black

[T]wo Merseyside teenagers were sentenced today (4 May) after pleading guilty to drugs offences.

The pair – Joshua Byrne, 19, of Well Field, Liverpool and Jack Black, 18, Spinney Close, Liverpool – appeared at Preston Crown Court and were jailed for two years and six months for conspiracy to supply Class A controlled drugs in Barrow.

Police attended an address in Cheviot Green on 22 January, 2018. When police entered the address they found Byrne and Black trying to escape out of the window. The pair were found in possession of mobile phones and cash, and arrested.

Upon being searched at Barrow Police Station, Byrne was found in possession of a package that contained 35 wraps of heroin and 16 wraps on crack cocaine.

A spokesperson for South Cumbria Drug Unit said: “We are pleased with the sentence handed to Byrne and Black by Preston Crown Court today. They each played an instrumental part in the supply of drugs in Barrow. This is yet another example of the county lines issue that is affecting several towns not only in the North West, but across the country.

“We will continue to target those involved in this type of crime, to make sure they are placed in front of the courts and handed the sentences they deserve.”

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