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.