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More Allegations Against Barnsley Man In £25m Drugs Case

Thursday May 9 2013


£25m drugs trial continues £25m drugs trial continues


A BARNSLEY businessman accused of being a 'wholesale dealer' for a £25 million drugs racket is alleged to have 'rented' a cocaine pressing machine, a court was told.

Richard Stead, of Wilthorpe, is on trial at Sheffield Crown Court and denies of conspiracy to supply class A and class B drugs between June 1, 2010 and August 17, 2012.

Prosecutor, David Brooke, alleged Stead, 45, was high up the chain of the criminal outfit and supplied cocaine to other dealers in South Yorkshire.

Mr Brooke said codes were used for those working for the gang, inspired by the film Full Metal Jacket, and spreadsheets recovered from PCs featured Stead's pseudonym, 'Ten Seconds'.

In court on Tuesday, Det Sgt Paul Wilson said conversations covertly recorded by police between Paul Robinson, of Shafton, and Stead show the two men discussing six kilos of cocaine.

Robinson, known as 'Colonel' in the gang, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to illegally import and supply cocaine, MCat, and other drugs.

In separate recorded conversations, Stead is also alleged to have given Robinson the mobile number of a drugs runner from London and Robinson is heard talking to another member of the criminal outfit saying 'put Ten Seconds forward'.

Det Sgt Wilson said: "It is a reference to wanting to move units (of drugs) and it seems Ten Seconds is put forward (to move units)."

Mr Brooke said a spreadsheet recovered from July 2011 lists 'products', quantities and the source and under Ten Seconds says 'two units, £104,000'.

Another reads: 'Ten Seconds, charge for PT press, £500 a month'.

Det Sgt Wilson said presses are used to cut or dilute cocaine, and one kilo can be turned into three kilos.

"Presses are cheap to buy but not everyone has a press. You need to store it somewhere and by its very nature it's very incriminating. Ten Seconds is charged to rent a press, £500 a month. It sounds expensive but the profits are much greater."

The prosecution believes the gang concealed the drug in seven hydraulic scissor lifts imported from Mexico in 2010 and 2011. Each lift imported could hold 24kg of cocaine.

The trial continues.

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Reply Posted by steve on Saturday July 27 2013 at 12:07
Has payed youths and young men to go to airports and hospital car parks,to steal expensive alloy wheels sat-navs cd/radios. thats how he started his empire at havercroft then fronted them out at his shop in mappelwell and on ebay.then he got too greedy hence he has hung himself.

Reply Posted by doncaster robot on Saturday July 27 2013 at 23:38
not such a clever bald headed gangster bastard now you are with the real men, asbeen steady.

Reply Posted by lol on Friday August 2 2013 at 16:23
DO THE CRIME, DO THE TIME NOT BE LONG NOW.

Reply Posted by Craig on Friday August 2 2013 at 16:28
how long does it take for steadys haircut answer 10 SECONDS.

Reply Posted by ben on Saturday August 3 2013 at 17:34
glad happy hope he suffers now he knows whats it like,the many others who has done time for him. the BASTARD should rot.

Reply Posted by steve on Sunday August 4 2013 at 19:41
PROCEEDS OF CRIME WILL TAKE HIS POSH HOUSE AND HIS BLING CARS.AND FIND HIS HIDDEN MILLIONS/

Reply Posted by bully on Sunday August 4 2013 at 19:44
i bet he wished he had a scissor lift now near the fence. HA HA HA HA HA HA .