Five in court over drugs

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five men, including one from Barnsley, have appeared in court accused of involvement in a large-scale drug supplying network across South Yorkshire and beyond.

The men were arrested and charged as part of an 18-month operation by the Serious and Organised Crime Unit, which centres on the supply of Class A and B drugs in the region.

Raids and searches were carried out on Tuesday in Barnsley, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, and drugs and ‘a significant amount of cash’ were seized, police said.

Paul Alan Lowe, aged 40, of Arundel Gardens, Royston, Barnsley, has been charged with conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs.

He appeared at Rotherham Magistrates’ Court along with Roy Walker, 49, of Mansfield, who is charged with conspiracy to supply Class B drugs and possession of Class A drugs.

Andrew Calder, 44, of Nottingham, is charged with conspiracy to supply Class B drugs. Rodney Stanford, 29, and Gregg Gosling, 44, both Lincolnshire, are both charged with possession with intent to supply Class A and Class B drugs. Gosling is also charged with conspiracy to supply Class B drugs.

The men have been remanded in custody and will appear at Sheffield Crown Court next Thursday.