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Two Barnsley Men Sentenced In £25m Drugs Case

Tuesday July 16 2013


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TWO Barnsley men have been sentenced to 21 and 18 years in prison for their part in a multi-million pound drugs trafficking and money laundering case.

Richard Norman Stead, of Greenfoot Lane, Barnsley, was charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine and MCAT and sentenced to 21 years.

Paul Robinson, of Magnolia Close, Shafton, was sentenced to 18 years after pleading guilty to his charges.

The trial began on April 15 and revealed how some of the men chose nicknames from the film 'Full Metal Jacket’ and that the drugs, imported into the country, were estimated to be worth more than £25million and distributed around the north of England.

The investigation, led by South Yorkshire Police, began in 2011 and involved a number of forces, the Serious and Organised Crime Agency and other Foreign Law Enforcement Agencies.

A series of raids were carried out on August 16 last year. Police had previously found parts of a number of hydraulic scissor lifts in the London and Barnsley areas, which were believed to have been imported from Mexico and used to store high-purity cocaine.