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Prosecutors In Drug Trial Point To Athersley Industrial Unit

Wednesday May 1 2013


Sheffield Crown Court Sheffield Crown Court


PROSECUTORS in the trial of a £25 million drug trafficking racket believe an industrial unit in Barnsley was one of the destinations for cocaine imported from Mexico.

The claim was made at Sheffield Crown Court by David Brooke and Anthony Dunne, the prosecution team in the trial of three men alleged to be involved in the racket.

Barnsley man Richard Stead, 45, of Greenfoot Lane, Wilthorpe, denies two counts of conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs between June 1, 2010 and August 17, 2012.

At the trial on Wednesday, prosecutor Anthony Dunne said an importation of cocaine from Guadalajara, Mexico, ended up at a unit in Wharncliffe Business Park, Athersley.

Mr Dunne said items found included 21 pieces of metal parts found inside a broken wooden crate, which tested negative for cocaine, and face masks that tested positive for traces of cocaine on the outside.

Dunne said various shipping labels were also found in the unit and the jury was shown some which said: 'Origin - Mexico, destination - London Heathrow'.

The trial continues.

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Reply Posted by jimbo on Wednesday May 1 2013 at 15:22
Absolutely madness. Drug dealers are the scum of the earth???? If people didn't want drugs there would be no drug dealers??? The government is fighting a losing battle at the tax payers expense. Legalise and the whole country is on a win win. No more wasting money taking people to court. Revenue coming into the country. And when people get addicted and need help because of there addiction
They have payed there tax and again means there not a burden to the tax payer.
Simples!!!!!! ;-)

Reply Posted by Cat on Friday May 3 2013 at 23:55
I dont condone drug dealing but if people dint take it then they would be no dealers.but the sentences are stupid if you kill your six kids you have to serve 16 yrs but if u deal drugs at a high level you get 20 plus. The law makes up a conspiracy on theory only but that doesnt mean its the truth

Reply Posted by king louis on Sunday May 5 2013 at 18:58
Mr Dunne said items found included 21 pieces of metal parts found inside a broken wooden crate, which tested negative for cocaine

This is a strange comment ...why was it put in there?

Reply Posted by Lesley on Sunday May 5 2013 at 19:28
Young people are drawn into drug use by peers and before they know it they're an addict - im sure that most of them don't want to be addicted and use all their money to pay dealing scumbags who prey on those much weaker than them.
Drug use brings misery to families, it breaks them up and causes untold stress and debt. Drug dealers are the scum of the earth - they should be locked up and the key thrown away. And if there were no dealers we wouldn't have addicts and if its legalised we will just have dead kids, so well done to the police - keep on putting the scum in prison

Reply Posted by jimbo on Sunday May 5 2013 at 23:17
Again drug dealers are scum???? The DRUG (Alcohol) causes countless families to endure misery week in week out. So "yes" let's lock up the criminals who allow this to be sold on our streets.!!!!! But because someone says that drug is legal.......it's ok?????? Think about it!!!!!

Reply Posted by plqacquf@gmail.com on Monday August 12 2013 at 05:40
The next time I read a blog, I hope that it won't disappoint me just as much as this particular one. I mean, Yes, it was my choice to read through, but I actually thought you'd have something helpful to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you could fix if you were not too busy looking for attention.