Eight drug dealers have been jailed for a total of 121 years for their parts in a massive £25million cocaine smuggling plot.
The gang members helped import an estimated £25million of cocaine to the UK and distributed drugs across the north over at least 15 months.
Yesterday they were handed 121 years’ worth of prison sentences at Sheffield Crown Court.
Michael Dyson, aged 41, Paul Robinson, aged 35, Frazer Guest, aged 35, Anthony Urban, aged 35, Richard Stead, aged 46, Tristan Clarke, aged 28, Joseph Fawcett, aged 27 and 30-year-old Brent Padgett - were part of a criminal outfit which used nicknames from Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 war epic Full Metal Jacket to flood Sheffield and surrounding areas with high-purity cocaine and other Class A and B drugs in 2010 and 2011.
Sheffield became the centre of the gang’s activities and the city was dubbed ‘Saigon’.
Ecclesall Road, where they met regularly to discuss drug deals and receive deliveries, became known as ‘The Strip’.
Robinson, of Magnolia Close, Shafton, Barnsley, earned the nickname ‘The Colonel’ because he led UK arm of the operation.
High purity cocaine was imported from Mexico via Holland hidden inside hydraulic scissor lifts and shipped using a legitimate importation firm based in Oldham.
South Yorkshire Police sprang into action after seizing cocaine with 80 per cent purity off the streets of Sheffield in 2011.
They used covert techniques to uncover the extent of the mens’ activities in an 18-month investigation which took them to America, Spain and the Netherlands.
Seven of the defendants pleaded guilty to a string of offences which included conspiring to import and supply class A and class B drugs.
Barnsley pub boss Stead, known as ‘10 Seconds’, was found guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine and MCat following a six-week trial at Sheffield Crown Court.
Sentencing them, Judge Paul Watson QC said: “This was a supreme team effort by the police to put together a comprehensive and astonishingly detailed case.
“The investigation left no stone unturned and was incredibly thorough. It was refreshing from my position to see a case as well investigated.”
Detective Inspector Craig Jackson, who led the investigation, said: “The heirarchy of the group could be deciphered due to the nicknames they gave themselves from the film.”