A man from Croxteth was jailed for a sentence of four years after he admitted to conspiracy to supply Class B drugs on the streets of Merseyside.

Matthew Laite, 25, was due to appear in court yesterday Monday, December 6 but pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell cannabis on Friday.

After travelling back from Spain, Laite was apprehended at London Stansted Airport in April.

The arrest came in response to a Merseyside Police operation targeting criminals who used a mobile encryption service.

It is known as Encrochat, and is commonly used by people involved in criminal activity in an attempt to go under the radar and not be detected.

Detective Inspector Chris Lowe said: “I hope this latest conviction sends a strong message to perpetrators that there is nowhere to hide.

“And this latest conviction of Laite proves just that, where the evidence was so strong that he has changed his plea to guilty.

“Detectives on this case have managed to disrupt a supply chain and removed a huge quantity of drugs that where destined for our streets and further afield.”

“At Operation Venetic, we are continuing to have significant success in arresting and convicting people using Encrochat.

“I would ask anyone who has any information about who is supplying or selling drugs in their area to contact us so we can take action.”

The police ask that anyone with information to contact DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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