Drugs gang guilty of ‘biggest’ plot

13/05/13 Sheffield, South Yorkshire,'The crossing on Ecclesall Road, Sheffield  where third-year law student and former champion gymanst Sarah Cameron, 21, was mowed down  just yards from her flat when she was hit by two speeding cars on and catapulted 20ft.' Credit: Ross Parry / Tom Maddick
13/05/13 Sheffield, South Yorkshire,'The crossing on Ecclesall Road, Sheffield where third-year law student and former champion gymanst Sarah Cameron, 21, was mowed down just yards from her flat when she was hit by two speeding cars on and catapulted 20ft.' Credit: Ross Parry / Tom Maddick
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Drug traffickers who imported more than £25 million of cocaine from Mexico in the biggest smuggling case South Yorkshire Police have ever seen have been found guilty.

Gang members adopted code names from Kubrick war film Full Metal Jacket and dubbed Ecclesall Road ‘The Strip’ in the plot to import drugs bound for the streets of South Yorkshire and beyond.

Following a lengthy trial at Sheffield Crown Court, ring leader Frank Babar from Surrey, and high level dealer Richard Stead from Greenfoot Lane, Wilthorpe, Barnsley, were convicted.

A third defendant, Marco Russo, aged 41, of London was acquitted.

The men lived luxury lifestyles and turned over profits of between £400,000 and £500,000 a month.

Stead, 45, was found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs.

Babar, 47, was guilty of conspiracy to evade prohibition on the importation of a Class A drug and concealing criminal property.

DI Craig Jackson said: “The level of sophistication was unprecedented.”

They will be sentenced along with others in July.