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Barnsley Man Held Over High-Profile Drug Case

Thursday January 19 2012

SEVERAL properties have been raided as part of an investigation into an alleged drug dealing gang based in Barnsley.

Over the last 18 months, officers from the Serious and Organised Crime Unit have been investigating a group as part of 'Operation Metric' which focussed on the large-scale supply of Class A and B drugs within South Yorkshire.

On Tuesday, (January 17) a series of arrests and searches were made in Barnsley, Lincolnshire, and Nottinghamshire, turning up substances thought to be amphetamines and cocaine.

A spokesman said: "A large quantity of Class A and B controlled drugs were recovered together with a significant amount of cash."

Five men have appeared before courts today on drug-related charges. Paul Lowe, from Royston, Barnsley appeared before Magistrates charged with conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs; Gregg Gosling from Lincs, charged with conspiracy to supply class B drugs and possession with intent to supply class A and Class B; Andrew Calder, Nottingham, conspiracy to supply class B drugs; Roy Walker, Mansfield, conspiracy to supply class B drugs and possession; Rodney Stanford, Boston, possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs.

All five were remanded in custody and will appear before a Crown Court judge in Sheffield next week.

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Reply Posted by Phil Ruston on Thursday January 19 2012 at 15:59
It's a never ending battle and a waste of public money. Legalise ALL drugs. Whether a drug is legal or not, people are still going to get them. The ‘war on drugs’ will never end in the current climate. However, if all drugs were legalised and distributed through the GP on the NHS, you immediately achieve the following:
Get rid of the dealers and associated crime in obtaining illegal substances / You could tax drugs to help get rid of some of our debt / Because the crime element is removed, the police could put their resources into other areas / Drug use could be monitored by the GP and rehabilitation offered / Users would be getting pure substances and not dangerous bogus ingredients used to increase profits.

Keeping something illegal keeps it ‘underground’ and harder to control. Bring it in to the light. Again, most of the crime associated with drugs is a result of the trade and obtaining and NOT the effects of the drug. Eradicate those areas, we can monitor, control, tax and rehabilitate. To me, this is perfect sense.

Reply Posted by Nick Scott007 on Wednesday May 23 2012 at 21:39
what bollocks i take it you take drugs if you want it legalised? if that ever happen'd which it wont the whole country will turn to shit,  ex drug user.

Reply Posted by fred blow on Thursday September 5 2013 at 19:33
paul lowe is a warrior.....from the boys in donny

Reply Posted by Cathy on Thursday September 5 2013 at 21:07
Phil you've made some valid points there. Food for thought.