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Ex-Liverpool, Stockport, Cardiff, Swansea player turned coke dealer faces jail

Ex-Liverpool, Stockport, Cardiff, Swansea player Layton Maxwell turned coke dealer faces jail according to reports on Thursday afternoon.

The 41 year former footballer-turned drug dealer faces time behind bars for his role in a £6m cocaine gang, court has learned.

Layton Maxwell, born in St Asaph, scored on his debut for Liverpool, then had am 11-year career in the beautiful game, before turning to dealing drugs after his performances slumped and he slipped down into the lower levels of Welsh football.

He was arrested as part of a United Kingdom-wide investigation into organised crime, which saw millions pounds worth of drugs and cash seized.

Ex-Wales under-21 player 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.

He 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 Cardiff crown court on Thursday May the 6th, admitting conspiracy to supply the Class A drug cocaine.

Here he is scoring in Liverpool’s 4-2 win in the League Cup against Hull City in the 1990-2000 season.

“I scored and you really think you’ve made it when that happens,” Maxwell is quoted as saying by LFC History. “Not many players score at the Kop End on their Liverpool debut.

“It was some night after that game, but I soon came back down to earth because I was training with the reserves the following week.

“There were a couple of times last season when I travelled with the first-team squad and thought to myself ‘If he gets injured and if he gets injured I might have a chance’,” he later admitted. “But then the manager goes and buys someone for £8 million and the others come back to fitness and you’re back down the pecking order.

“The trouble is I like to play in a central role using my pace to come off defenders, but there’s someone else at Liverpool who already does that – ( Michael) Owen. That’s the competition I’ve got.”

He was pictured wearing 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 back to court in July for a further hearing, it has been reported.

Maxwell came through the ranks with Premier League legends Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, but then went out on loan to Stockport.

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

The 41-year-old went on to play for Cardiff, and then their rivals Swansea City, before falling through divisions and seeing out his career in Wales, his last club being Barry Town in 2010.

Five months ago, he parted company with Cardiff Draconians of the South Wales Alliance League Premier Division, whilst being an engineer at Vodafone.

In his last season with the Dracs, they finished second, with the season being decided on a points-per-game basis.

Now we’ve seen that the ex-Liverpool, Stockport, Cardiff, Swansea player turned coke dealer faces jail, here’s a look of his playing career stats.


Youth career
1997–1999 – Liverpool

Senior career
1999–2001 – Liverpool
2000–2001 → Stockport County (loan) – 20 games (2 goals)
2001–2004 – Cardiff City – 34 games (1 goal)
2003 → Barry Town (loan) – 1 game (0 goals)
2004 – Swansea City – 3 games (0 goals)
2004 – Carmarthen Town – 8 games (2 goals)
2004–2005 – Mansfield Town – 1 game (0 goals)
2005 – Rhyl – 6 games (0 goals)
2005–2006 – Bangor City – 31 games (4 goals)
2006–2008 – Caernarfon Town – 50 games (10 goals)
2008–2009 – Aberaman Athletic – 15 games (1 goal)
2010 – Barry Town – 11 games (4 goals)

National team
1999–2001 – Wales U21 – 14 games (0 goals)

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