Drug dealer throws £149K worth of heroin onto motorway during police chase

Neil Corrigan
Neil Corrigan -Credit:MEN Media

A drug dealer threw two kilos of heroin onto a busy motorway during a police chase before smashing through a barrier at the airport.

Neil Corrigan dangerously weaved through traffic on the M56, went around a roundabout the wrong way and crashed through the parking barrier at Manchester Airport on March 5.

Corrigan led officers on a long pursuit in his white Mercedes Sprinter flatbed van after they had tried to stop him near Warrington.

Instead of stopping, he drove away before tossing the large drug package out of the window. Dashcam footage showed him weaving in and out of traffic at speed, reports Manchester Evening News.

He then drove onto the A555 towards Manchester Airport. He was seen mounting the kerb and going around a roundabout in the wrong direction before ploughing into a barrier near to the entrance of a multi-storey car park at Terminal One.

Corrigan, 42, then attempted to flee the scene on foot, but was watched by police helicopters. He was quickly tracked down and arrested near to the Radisson Blu Hotel.

Neil Corrigan led officers on a long pursuit across the county
Neil Corrigan led officers on a long pursuit across the county -Credit:MEN Media

Officers returned to the M56 where they recovered two brown packages each containing 1kg of heroin. Another two empty brown bags were also recovered, containing the remnants of a large amount of heroin which had spilt over the carriageway.

A police drugs expert estimated that the 2kg of heroin which was recovered by officers had a street value of £142,850.00, meaning that it is likely that Corrigan was transporting more than £285,000 worth of illegal drugs in total.

Corrigan, of Main Street, Scarborough, had earlier pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of class A drugs (heroin), dangerous driving, failing to stop and driving without insurance.

He appeared at Chester Crown Court on Thursday (May 9) where he was sentenced to five years in prison. He was also banned from driving for five years and four months.

Corrigan failed to stop and instead drove away, throwing a large package out of the window
Corrigan failed to stop and instead drove away, throwing a large package out of the window -Credit:MEN Media

Following the sentencing Chief Inspector John Forshaw, of the Cheshire Police Road and Crime unit, said: “This is another fantastic result which has led to the removal of a large quantity of illegal drugs from the streets of Cheshire and further afield.

“The manner of Corrigan’s driving was extremely dangerous, showing no regard for the safety of innocent members of the public as part of his failed attempt to flee officers.

“Thankfully, as a result of the work of the skilled and dedicated officers in the Roads and Crime Unit, we were able to bring the pursuit to a safe conclusion and Corrigan is now being held accountable for his actions.

“We are committed to doing all we can to crackdown on those who bring misery to our communities, helping to ensure Cheshire remains a hostile environment for those intent on committing crime.

“If you have any concerns about drug activity in your community, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via 101 or online at www.cheshire.police.uk/tell-us.”

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