DRUG dealers and couriers involved in a major plot to supply cocaine, amphetamine, Ecstasy and cannabis in South Yorkshire have been sentenced to a total of 50 years behind bars.
Paul Lowe, aged 41, of Arundel Gardens, Barnsley, was one of the main players in the conspiracy and was jailed for 14 years for the plot to supply Class A and B drugs.
He was described as a ‘well connected drug dealer‘ in Barnsley.
Four others appeared in the dock with him yesterday for their parts in the supply chain, which led to police seizing drugs worth around £400,000 - including 44k of amphetamine, half a kilo of cocaine, 100g of cocaine and over 30,000 Ecstasy tablets.
David Brooke, prosecuting, said police seized the drugs in the culmination of a lengthy operation in which Lowe and his cohorts were followed and had their homes, cars and places of work bugged by police.
He said they uncovered a chain of command with Lowe at the top and ‘subordinates’ obeying him.
Lowe changed his mobile phone to avoid being traced whenever anyone in his chain was arrested.
Barrister Richard Barradell said although he played a ‘leading role’ in the conspiracy to supply amphetamine between November 2010 and July 2011, his involvement in a plot to bring half a kilo of cocaine into South Yorkshire from London was a one-off.
Mr Brooke, prosecuting, said Lowe ‘controlled matters’ in South Yorkshire - and co-accused Gregg Gosling, 44, of Lincolnshire, who was jailed for 16 years for conspiracy to supply Class B drugs and possession with intent to supply Class A and B drugs, was a leading player in his home county.
Andrew Calder, 45, of Nottingham, who got four years and six months, and Roy Walker, of Mansfield, who was sentenced to 12 years, admitted conspiracy to supply amphetamine.
Rodney Stanford, 29, of Carrington, Lincolnshire, who was jailed for four years, admitted possession with intent to supply Class A and Class B drugs.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Wilkie, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “These sentences are the culmination of a complex and protracted investigation.
“This investigation demonstrates South Yorkshire Police will do whatever it takes to combat the threat posed by organised crime groups and hunt down those individuals who engage in this type of criminality and bring them to justice.”