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Police delighted with success of drugs operation

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Police chiefs have welcomed the jailing of a string of South Yorkshire heroin and cocaine dealers.

Operation Catchall saw police wielding chainsaws to smash open doors as they raided a string of homes in Rotherham and Sheffield earlier this year – resulting in 14 people being charged in relation to drugs offences.

Ten were sentenced on Friday and three others were sentenced at an earlier hearing, while charges were dropped against one man.

The raids followed a six-month undercover investigation by detectives.

Detective Chief Inspector Bob Chapman, who oversaw the investigation, said: “It is no exaggeration to say the streets of South Yorkshire are a safer place as a result of the extensive work that has been carried out.

“But Operation Catchall is not the end of our work to crack down on Class A drug dealing.

“We are dedicated to tackling the distribution of Class A drugs head on, in liaison with our partners and other agencies.”

Mr Chapman said the sentences were reward for the months of planning which went into the operation.

He said: “It was about capturing the dealers. The objective of the operation was to gather evidence on as many street dealers as we possibly could.

“We have taken a number of people off the streets. The streets are safer as a result of the work carried out.

“I am pleased they all got prison sentences to reflect the severity of offences.

And Mr Chapman warned other dealers police would catch them.

He said: “Where members of the public tell us there a problem, the police will do their best to respond to it.

“We are showing we do respond to what people are asking of us even in these times of budget cuts.”

Kyle Dearn, aged 26, of Dagnam Crescent, Arbourthorne, Sheffield, admitted being concerned in the supply of heroin and cocaine and possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply, four years’ jail;

Sirwan Rahimi, 23, of Hatherley Road, Eastwood, Rotherham, admitted 11 offences of supply of heroin and cocaine and being concerned in the supply of heroin and cocaine, four years’ jail;

Nathan Walker, 23, of Hatherley Road, admitted three offences of supply of heroin and cocaine, two years and eight months’ jail;

Waleed Naz, 19, of Herbert Street, Kimberworth, Rotherham, admitted four counts of being concerned in the supply of heroin, supply of cocaine and heroin and possession of heroin with intent to supply, five years’ jail;

Connor Brittle, 21, of HMP Doncaster, admitted eight counts of supply of heroin and cocaine, eight months’ jail;

Michael Taylor, 22, of Selbourne Street, Eastwood, admitted supply of heroin and cocaine, and possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply, two years and four months’ jail;

Andzelinka Gudkova, 21, of Hatherley Road, admitted supplying cocaine and heroin between December 2013 and January 2014, one year and eight months’ jail;

Aniece Alam, 23, of Selwyn Street, Eastwood, Rotherham, admitted supplying cocaine and heroin, three years’ jail;

A 17-year-old boy, of Broome, Rotherham, admitted supply of heroin and cocaine and possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply, two-year detention and training order;

A 16-year-old boy, of Tinsley, Sheffield, admitted supply of heroin and cocaine and being concerned in the supply of both, 18-month detention and training order.

Sentenced at an earlier date:

Robert Gabor, 21, of Pond Close, Stannington, Sheffield, admitted one count of offering to supply heroin, 16 weeks’ jail;

Abdul Qaisar, 19, of Bowen Road, Eastwood, admitted being concerned in supply of class A drugs, 12-month referral order;

A 17-year-old boy, of Eastwood, admitted possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply, 18 months’ custody.

 

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