Seven men who flooded Barnsley with heroin have been locked up for over 43 years.
The gang members were snared following a nine month police operation during which heroin worth £85,000 was seized together with £20,000 in cash.
The self-proclaimed head of the group, Paul Rayner, 44, of Spey Close, Mapplewell, employed people to store, cut and distribute heroin across the town.
He was arrested when officers spotted him and his main ‘storeman’ Nigel Gibbons, 48, of Princess Street, Mapplewell, exchanging cash and drugs in January 2013, where heroin with a street value of £50,000 was recovered along with £15,000 in cash.
Rayner was jailed for 12 years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin while Gibbons got six years.
Stephen Boydell, 42, of Forest Road, Athersley North, got six years after admitting the same offence along with Stuart Andrew Hayes, 41, of Montrose Avenue, Darton, who was sentenced to five-and-a-half years and Ian Robert Hoyle, 44, of Hopwood Street, Barnsley, who was jailed for five years.
Mark Osbourn, 34, of Coniston Avenue, Staincross, was convicted of conspiracy to supply a Class A drug and jailed for six-and-a-half years, and David Osbourn, 56, of Clifton Close, Athersley North, received two-and-a-half years.
Detective Sergeant Antony Coy said: “Heroin and other drugs destroy lives, something that those who engage in drug dealing are ambivalent to.
“The culmination of this investigation should serve as a warning to other drug dealers that we will hound you, we will prosecute you and, where possible, we shall seize your homes and assets.”