Ex-Liverpool and Cardiff City footballer turned coke dealer faces jail

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An ex-Liverpool and Cardiff City footballer-turned drug dealer faces jail time for his role in a £6m cocaine gang.

Layton Maxwell, 41, scored on his debut for Liverpool but turned to dealing drugs after his performances slumped and he slipped down and out of the league.

The former midfielder was arrested along with dozens of other suspects in 2020 as part of an undercover investigation known as Operation Venetic.

Assistant Chief Constable Dave Thorne said raids were carried out across South Wales and "two tonnes of drugs and millions of pounds in cash" was recovered.

Mr Thorne told Cardiff Crown Court 60kgs of cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin with an estimated street value of £6,000,000, had been found in the raid.

He said: "Officers have seized 60kgs of cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin with an estimated street value of £6,000,000. In addition more than £2.5 million in cash has also been seized.

"Illegal drugs have no place in our society and we will continue to work together to target those whose criminal activities blight the lives of the communities of southern Wales.

"We are committed to disrupting and dismantling organised crime groups, bringing people before the courts and removing drugs from our streets."

Maxwell appeared in court to admit conspiracy to supply the Class A drug cocaine on Thursday May 6.

He wore a dark suit with a black shirt and red tie to the short hearing where he pleaded guilty.

The disgraced footballer was bailed to return to court in July for a further hearing, it has been reported.

Maxwell came through the ranks with England stars Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.

He was highly rated before his 1999 debut but was released by the club in 2001.

The 41-year-old went on to play for Cardiff, and then Swansea City, before dropping through divisions and seeing out his career in Wales.

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