A Moston man has been jailed for seven years after more than £45,000 worth of spice.

Anthony Hunt aged 32of Rudston Avenue, Moston was  sentenced at Manchester Crown Square to seven years and nine months after pleading guilty to a raft of drugs offences.

His associate John O’Brien also aged 32 of Bluestone Road, 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.

The pair were uncovered after police attended the scene of a collision close to Cannock junction 12 on the M6 southbound and found a transit van abandoned on the embankment in November last year.

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 O’Brien was detained by police in possession of £7,500 worth of heroin and cocaine and a substantial amount of cash.

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

Sergeant Ian Haselden of GMP’s City of Manchester team 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 and 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.

“As a result of their actions, Hunt now faces a lengthy stint in prison and if O’Brien commits any further offences he too could end up behind bars, of which they fully deserve.”

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