A former professional footballer, Layton Maxwell, who played for Swansea City, Cardiff City and Liverpool is facing jail after admitting his involvement in a £6m drugs gang.

Maxwell, 43, a former Wales international, was arrested last year after ‘Operation: Venetic’, a nationwide police investigation into organised crime, which seized millions of pounds worth of money and drugs.

Arrests were made after police cracked an encrypted messaging service the gang’s leaders had been using.

One of the many suspects arrested turned out to be former Anfield star Maxwell, who was born in St Asaph and scored in front of the Kop on his Liverpool debut back in 1999, appeared at Cardiff Crown Court where he admitted conspiracy to supply a Class A drug.

Dave Thorne, Assistant Chief Constable, said that the raids in south Wales resulted in “two tonnes of drugs and millions of pounds in cash recovered.”

“Officers have seized 60kgs of cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin with an estimated street value of £6,000,000” Said Thorne “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 was bailed until July for a further hearing.