Barnsley dealers caught ‘pedalling’ drugs on tandem bicycle

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Two ‘hopeless’ drug dealers were nailed after they were spotted cycling around Barnsley on a tandem bicycle in the middle of the night.

Father-of-one Josh Rollinson and Jack Prince, both 24, were pulled over by police as they pedalled around Athersley on their tandem after midnight one summer evening.

At Sheffield Crown Court, Judge Michael Murphy said: “This could only happen in Barnsley. It’s not exactly Miami Vice.”

Louise Gallagher, prosecuting, said: “It was 12.30am on August 5 last year when the defendants were riding a tandem bicycle in Athersley.

“Both defendants appeared to be nervous and agitated - subsequently they were searched.

“Officers recovered from Prince seven bags of a white powder in his wallet which was 3.63g of ketamine, a class B drug. It seemed to be split into half-gram deals and had a value of between £72-108.

“Rollinson, when searched, had a bag of white powder in his trouser pocket. It was 28mg of ketamine.

“When police officers attended Rollinson’s home address, in his wardrobe they found a package containing 11.9g of skunk cannabis worth £120. The Crown accepts this was for personal use.”

The pair’s phones were seized and it was clear they had been involved in buying drugs in large quantities before selling them off in smaller quantities.

Prince, of Warsop Road, and Rollinson, of Kirby Avenue, both Athersley North, admitted possession of a class B drug with intent to supply.

Rebecca Tanner, for Prince, said: “In respect of the operation this is not sophisticated as you can tell from the method of transport.

“It’s only really now that the realisation of his predicament has dawned upon him and he has now ceased using drugs.”

Ms Tanner said Prince has been a ‘continual user of drugs’ but was also a valued labourer, with his employer describing him as a ‘right little grafter’.

Amy Earnshaw, for Rollinson, said her client has reduced his cannabis use from £20 per day to £30 per week. He has a five-year-old daughter, who he sees regularly.

She said he has diabetes which he is struggling to keep under control, and lives at home with his mum, who has had a mental breakdown.

Judge Murphy said: “There are good things to be said for you both but when it comes to acting as drug dealers, you are utterly hopeless.

“You are going to be caught if you are dabbling in this again because you are hopeless.

“Cycling around Barnsley on a tandem past midnight is going to get you stopped.”

The pair were sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for two years, and 120 hours of unpaid work.