Drug cutting empire trio linked to Rotherham

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Cocaine from a multi-billion pound drug cutting empire ended up in Rotherham, police have revealed.

Officers responsible for smashing the drug cutting gang - jailed for a total of 44 years - revealed sub-standard cocaine ended up in most towns and cities up and down the country, including Rotherham.

Every Briton who has taken cocaine since 2008 has probably snorted traces of ringleader Jamie Dale’s cutting agent, detectives leading the inquiry said.

Dale led a massive industrial-scale supply ring helping thousands of dealers mix drugs with undetectable chemicals to rip off users.

Dale, aged 32, from Rochdale, plus accomplices John Cawley, 31, from Fleetwood and Barry Hartley, 63, from Burnley were convicted of three counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs after a two-month trial in Leeds.

Dale, who splashed out on a £15,000 watch encrusted with diamonds and bought his wife an expensive engagement ring and a trip to Las Vegas, was described as a Jack the Lad character who led a champagne lifestyle.

He was sent to prison for 18 years. Cawley was jailed for 15 years and Hartley for 11.