Two jailed as police target Liverpool-Brighton drug network

Michael Murphy and Peter Dillion (Photograph: Sussex Police)
Michael Murphy and Peter Dillion (Photograph: Sussex Police)

Two men from Liverpool were jailed for six years each for supplying heroin and crack cocaine in Brighton, police have said.

Michael Murphy and Peter Dillion were arrested during a six-month long operation carried out by Brighton and Hove Police's Community Investigation Team into the supply of drugs in the city. Police have made more than 70 arrests have been made so far.

The cash seized by police

The cash seized by police

Hove Crown Court heard that Murphy, 21, and Dillon, 30, managed a drugs network between Liverpool and Brighton, and they were observed carrying out 13 trips between the two cities.

They were dealing drugs in October 2016 and then using others to deal on their behalf throughout November and December, Sussex Police said.

The pair were arrested in March this year, and officers said a bag of heroin and crack cocaine worth £2,000 was seized, as well as £12,000 in cash.

Murphy, of Noonan Close, Walton, Liverpool, and Dillon, of Burleigh Road South, Liverpool, both pleaded guilty to two charges each of conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine on April 28.

They were sentenced on Friday (June 9) to six years each.

Detective Constable Mark Pinder said: "This was a further example of the good work that continues within Brighton and Hove to demonstrate that drug dealing will not be tolerated and that those at the high levels of such operations will be caught and will rightly receive high custodial sentences."