Ex-Liverpool footballer is facing jail for being caught in a £6million cocaine crime gang
after quitting the professional game.
Midfielder Layton Maxwell scored on his debut at Anfield– but turned drug-dealer after
his career slumped as he slipped down the leagues.
The 41-year-old was arrested as part of a UK-wide investigation into organized crime
which saw millions of pounds worth of drugs and cash seized
Maxwell, who also played for Swansea City, came through the ranks at
Anfield with England stars Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.
He was highly rated and scored a goal on his senior debut at the famous Kop End in
1999 – only to be released by the club in 2001.
But the disgraced former star was arrested last year in an investigation linked to a
The National Crime Agency probe is known as Operation Venetic.
Maxwell was one of the dozens of suspects held – and appeared in Cardiff Crown Court to
admit conspiracy to supply the Class A drug cocaine.
Assistant Chief Constable Dave Thorne, said the raids in south Wales alone resulted in “two tonnes of drugs and millions of pounds in cash recovered.”
He added: “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
“We are committed to disrupting and dismantling organized crime groups, bringing people before the courts, and removing drugs from our streets.”
Maxwell, of Rhiwbina, Cardiff, wore a dark suit with a black shirt and red tie to the short hearing where he pleaded guilty to the charge.