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Barnsley Man Jailed In Drug Trafficking Case

Thursday August 2 2012

A MAN from Royston has been jailed for 14 years for his part in a drug trafficking ring.

Paul Alan Lowe, of Arundel Gardens, Royston, was found guilty of conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs and was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court.

It follows an 18 month investigation by officers from the Serious and Organised Crime Unit on an organised crime group in Barnsley.

The investigation, called Operation Metric, revealed a plot to large-scale supply of class A and B controlled drugs, within South Yorkshire and neighbouring areas.

In January, a series of arrests and searches were undertaken in Barnsley, Lincolnshire, and Nottinghamshire where £400,000 worth of drugs were recovered together with a significant amount of cash.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Wilkie from Specialist Crime Operations said: "This investigation demonstrates that South Yorkshire Police will do whatever it takes to combat the threat posed by Organised Crime Groups and hunt down those individuals who engage in this type of criminality and bring them to justice.

"We will now move on with the same determination to do what we can to take from them any proceeds of their criminal activity through the use of confiscation orders."

Four other men were sentenced today - Gregg Gosling, from Lincs, conspiracy to supply class B drugs and possession with intent to supply (16 years); Andrew Calder from Nottingham, conspiracy to supply Class B drugs (four years, six months); Roy Walker, Mansfield, conspiracy to supply class B drugs and possession (12 years) and Rodney Stanford, of Boston, possession with intent to supply (four year sentence.)

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