Jail for South Yorkshire pair who helped smuggle drugs into UK

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TWO men have been locked up for 22 years each after being found guilty of smuggling drugs into the country.

Shawyat Iqbal, aged 43, of Viewlands Close, Bramley, Rotherham, and Tahir Ismail, 35, of Doncaster Road, Thrybergh, were involved in the importation of around 100kg of ecstasy into the UK from Holland over a period of four months in 2011.

Working with two Dutch nationals the pair received drugs smuggled into the country in four drug-running trips in an Audi A4 convertible.

The drugs were hidden in the void where the convertible roof on the car retracted.

Ozkan Duyan, from Holland, drove the car to Rotherham to deliver the drugs.

He was arrested after being stopped by customs officials at Dover in December 2011.

An investigation, including a review of Duyan’s phone records, led police to fellow Dutch national Casper Schrijer as well as to the Rotherham pair.

Gerry Smyth, of the Serious Organised Crime Agency, said: “This organised crime group attempted to inflict large amounts of harmful drugs on the communities of South Yorkshire.

“We continue to work with national and international partners to ensure groups who facilitate the illegal drugs trade are disrupted, and brought before the courts.”

In total the four men were sentenced to just less than 93 years between them.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Stopford, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “This was an excellent result in the continuing fight against the supply of drugs in the county.

“The lengthy sentences should serve as a warning to anyone seeking to make money from this type of crime.”