Drugs accused bought firm from tennis star

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A man accused of being at the heart of a multi-million pound plot to smuggle cocaine into South Yorkshire bought a tennis equipment company from ex Wimbledon champion Pat Cash and a Dragon’s Den entrepreneur, a court heard.

Frank Barbar denies using his sports equipment firm MegaAge.com as a front for his criminal activities.

He told jurors at Sheffield Crown Court he bought MegaAge.com from Pat Cash and Australian businessman Richard Farleigh, who he knew through playing chess.

Barbar is one of three men accused of adopting code names from big screen war epic Full Metal Jacket and importing millions of pounds’ worth of high purity cocaine into South Yorkshire.

The 47-year-old, of Richmond, Surrey, with Richard Norman Stead, 45, of Greenfoot Lane, Wilthorpe, Barnsley, and Marco Martin Russo, 41, from London, deny the allegations.

Yesterday Stead declined to give evidence in his defence. The trial continues.