Sheffield pair jailed over drugs deal plot

Carl Clayton, jailed for nine years for his part in drugs conspiracy
Carl Clayton, jailed for nine years for his part in drugs conspiracy
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TWO men involved in a huge Class A drugs conspiracy have been locked up for a total of 19 years.

Carl Clayton, aged 31, was given nine years after a court heard he was a ‘facilitator’ who supplied gang leader James Flinders with ‘large quantities of high-purity cocaine’.

Dealer Damien Fletcher, 28, of Wordsworth Avenue, Dinnington, was given 10 years for his part in the ‘prolific cocaine operation’ which saw him buy the drug from Flinders and ‘move it on’, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

Flinders was jailed for 23 years last week, along with seven other men, after a 10-month police surveillance operation disrupted his South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire drugs empire.

Their sentences mean 10 men have been convicted of the conspiracy and sentenced to a total of 87 years behind bars.

Anthony Donne, prosecuting, said Clayton, of Dalton Lane, Rotherham, was someone Flinders’s ‘intermediary’ Lee Tongue turned to buy drugs.

On February 2 last year, Flinders withdrew £40,000 cash from a Worksop bank and then drove Kiveton Park in Rotherham where he met Clayton and Tongue.

The same day, £10,000 was deposited in Clayton’s bank account. Further deposits of £500 and £4,000 were made on February 10 and 11. Clayton claimed the cash was for his legitimate car parts business.

On April 27, a covert device recorded a conversation between Flinders and another man about buying cocaine from Clayton for £54,000 plus £500 for delivery.

Mr Donne said Flinders queried the price, stating ‘it was only £52k last time’, indicating he had dealt with him before.

Clayton was arrested in Rawmarsh after police discovered cocaine with an estimated street value of £39,680 stashed beneath the driver’s seat in his van.

Judge Robert Moore said Fletcher was running his own cocaine opearation and Flinders was his supplier.

He said: “Your role was the downstream side of Flinders’ operation. You bought off him, must have diluted the cocaine and moved it on. It’s absolutely clear Flinders trusted you totally.”

Matthew White, 31, of Windsor Road, Worksop, had his six-year jail term cut to five.