Man jailed after £195k drugs stash found

Anthony Simpson
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A St Helens man has been jailed for five years after a massive haul of heroin was found at his home.

Anthony Wayne Simpson, 41, was caught with a quantity of the drug with a street value of around £195,000.

Simpson’s home on Thackray Road in Thatto Heath was raided by police on August 10.

He was jailed yesterday (Monday) for five years and four months.

Police say the streets of St Helens have been made safer by Simpson’s long custodial sentence.

Insp Martin Earl said: “On August 10 a warrant was conducted at an address in Thackray Road, Thatto Heath, St Helens.

“Following a search of the address, a safe was recovered which had to be forced open by a locksmith.

“Inside the safe a quantity of heroin was recovered with a potential ‘street value’ of up to £195,000.

“The sole occupant Anthony Wayne Simpson was arrested at the time of the warrant and later charged.

“This was part of a coordinated operation utilising officers from specialist departments and a substantial quantity of drugs has been prevented from reaching the streets of St Helens.

“Such a positive result was made possible as a result of community intelligence and we would like to reassure the public that we will respond diligently to any information we receive.”

Anyone with information on St Helens drug supply can call officers via the 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.