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Sheffield man arrested in Dutch drugs raid

A 50-year-old man has been detained in the Netherlands as part of a South Yorkshire Police investigation.

The man, who is originally from Sheffield, was detained by officers in Amsterdam under a European Arrest Warrant yesterday afternoon .

He is wanted in connection with alleged drug trafficking offences dating back to 2010 and extradition proceedings are now under way.

It follows a multi-agency operation involving officers from South Yorkshire Police, the National Crime Agency and the Dutch National Crime Squad.


14-year-old charged with drugs offences

More than 260 cannabis plants were discovered during a raid on a house in Doncaster.

Officers found the drugs in Stoneclose Avenue, Hexthorpe, yesterday.

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with production of cannabis in connection with the grow.

The warrant was one of several carried out as part of an ongoing crackdown on crime in the area.

Warsi campaigns for reprieve for death row Yorkshire drug smugglers

The lives of two people from Yorkshire sentenced to death for drug smuggling in the Far East are hanging in the balance tonight as politicians wrangle over their fate.

Grandmother Lindsay Sandiford, who's originally from East Yorkshire, and Gareth Cashmore from Wakefield have been sentenced to death by firing squad for trafficking drugs into Indonesia.

One of our region's most senior politicians is working to try and win them a reprieve from execution - but her plans face some fierce opposition in Indonesia itself. Tina Gelder's report contains flash photography.

Campaigner welcomes UK government's intervention in death-row case

A human rights campaigner is welcoming the Foreign Office's intervention in the case of two Yorkshire drug mules sentenced to death in Indonesia.

Minister Baroness Warsi has asked the Indonesian justice minister to allow Lindsay Sandiford who grew up in Bridlington, and Gareth Cashmore, from Wakefield to be sent to serve out their sentences in the UK. They were convicted of smuggling 14lbs of Crystal Meth last year.

Sandra Gregory was given the death sentence in 1993, but was later pardoned, after being caught with Heroin in Thailand.


Jail for drug supplier after teenager's death

A drug supplier who gave deadly so-called designer drugs to a 16-year-old girl, knowing that the same batch had already killed someone else, has been jailed.

Poppy Rodgers from York collapsed and never recovered from the effects of the highly potent methyl amphetamine given to her by Luke Carey. He's been sent to prison for nearly six-and-a-half years as Jon Hill reports.

Six years jail for man who gave lethal drugs to teen

Poppy Rodgers Credit: North Yorkshire Police

A drug user who gave a lethal batch of so-called designer drugs to a 16-year-old girl has been jailed for six years five months. Poppy Rodgers died after taking methylamphetamine, given to her by 25-year-old drug user Luke Carey, from York.

The city's Crown Court was told how Carey pressed Poppy Rodgers into taking the drug knowing the same rogue batch of it had led to the death of another man in York eleven months earlier.

Man faces drug supplying sentence

Poppy Rodgers Credit: North Yorkshire Police

A man will be sentenced today for supplying a Class A drug to a teenage girl who died after taking the substance. Luke Carey, 24, admitted giving methylamphetamine to 16-year-old Poppy Rodgers at a house in York in April last year.

Paramedics were called to a property in Tang Hall Lane, York, and Poppy later died in York District Hospital. An inquest found she had taken a paste which was thought to contain the stimulant.

At York Crown Court, Carey admitted seven counts in total, which included another count of supplying the drug, four of offering to supply the drug and one of possession with an intent to supply.

At a previous hearing, Judge Steven Ashurst said that, because the drug had led to another person's death, he had to consider the case carefully and adjourned it for sentencing. Carey will be sentenced at York Crown Court.

Following her death, Poppy's parents paid tribute to their daughter. They said the York College student had "a personality that charmed everyone" but her trusting nature meant "she was able to be influenced by those outside her family who didn't have her best interest at heart".

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