Former Everton striker Michael Branch sent to prison for selling drugs

Ex-Everton striker jailed for selling drugs
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Former Everton striker Michael Branch is sent to prison for seven years after pleading guilty to selling drugs.

Former Everton striker Michael Branch has been jailed for seven years after pleading guilty to selling drugs.

The 34-year-old admitted to handing over 3kg of amphetamine to another man in a car park in Liverpool and to holding 1kg of cocaine, which was seized at his home in Otterspool in July.

The Liverpool Echo quotes a spokesman for the Serious Organised Crime Agency as saying: "This was significant criminality committed by someone who would once have been viewed as a role model.

"The message here is that entering the illegal drugs trade is a route to prison, not to financial gain and a celebrity lifestyle."

Branch came through the youth system at Everton and also experienced loan stints at Manchester City.

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