Dealer jailed after drugs for sale were found in his kitchen

Date published: 16 June 2021

A man has been jailed after over £4,000 worth of cocaine and cannabis were found in his kitchen, packaged and ready for sale.

Andrew Oldham (aged 39) of Kingsbridge Road, Harpurhey, has been sentenced to at total of four years in prison at Manchester Crown Court (Minshull Street) for possession with intent to supply Class A and B drugs, following a warrant carried out at his address in February, 2021.

Oldham was also sentenced for previous charges of possession with intent to supply cannabis, following a stop and search near to his address in March, 2020, and a warrant carried out at his home in April, 2020. 

Oldham pleaded guilty to all charges, and has been sentenced to a total of four years.

Both warrants in April, 2020 and February, 2021 were carried out as a result of intelligence gathered as part of Operation Sussex which focuses on targeting gang related violence fuelled by the sale of drugs in North Manchester.

In February 2021, a warrant was carried out at Oldham's home address.

In the kitchen, officers found a plastic JD Sports bag filled with over £4,000 worth of class A and class B drugs, individually packaged for distribution, as well as a list of debtors, and a set of electric scales.

In March 2020 during a stop and search, Oldham was found in possession of nearly £400 worth of cannabis and over £4,000 in cash.

In April, 2020, following a warrant at his home, officers found over £1,500 worth of Class A and Class B drugs, as well as a mobile phone containing "orders".

Detective Constable Liam Carolan, from the City of Manchester North district team, said: “I am pleased with this result as it means a significant amount of drugs have been prevented from making their way onto the streets of Greater Manchester, and a significant amount of money prevented from ended up in the hands of organised criminals.

"We are committed to tackling the supply of drugs, which completely destroy lives and blight our communities.

“Oldham is a persistent offender, I hope this highlights our determination to stamp out this sort of criminality and serves as a warning to anyone dealing drugs that sooner or later their criminal life will catch up with them.

"Our officers often rely on vital information passed to them from the public."

If you notice anything suspicious, the public are encouraged to report in via LiveChat on the website:, contacting police on 101, or calling the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

"If you say something, we can do something," added DC Carolan.

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