A GANG of drug dealers was caught supplying cocaine, amphetamines and cannabis worth hundreds of thousands of pounds in South Yorkshire, a court heard.
The gang was snared by police as its nine members allegedly discussed deals, some of which involved drugs of ‘a very high purity’.
Sheffield Crown Court heard the leader of the group, 48-year-old James Flinders, tried to launder the cash he made by spending ‘a vast amount of money’ renovating his home – a property called The Lodge on Lodge Lane, Dinnington.
David Brooke, prosecuting, told jurors the investigation began when a man called Simon Dilkes, from Worksop, was arrested in November 2010 while driving up the M1 with almost two kilos of cocaine with a street value of £380,000.
Dilkes has admitted possessing cocaine with intent to supply.
Mr Brooke said police monitored the group until May last year, obtaining evidence from a device hidden inside a van owned by Flinders.
“The drugs in this case were of a very high purity sometimes. These were drugs that were going to be diluted further to increase the profits,” he said.
Flinders denies conspiracy to supply cocaine and amphetamines along with Bryan Schofield, 37, of Northgate, Tickhill, Doncaster; Roy Tomlinson, 37, of Victoria Street, Dinnington; Adam Stoneham, 27, of Gateford Road, Worksop; Matthew White, 30, of Windsor Place, Worksop; Damien Fletcher, 28, of Wordsworth Avenue, Dinnington; Lee Tongue, 42, of Burns Road, Dinnington and David Bacon, 43, of Swinston Hill Road, Dinnington.
Flinders, Tongue, Tomlinson and Stoneham also deny conspiracy to supply cannabis, while Flinders denies perverting the course of justice and converting criminal property along with Bacon.
The trial continues.