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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".

Leader of international drug and money laundering ring jailed for 27 years

The ringleader behind an international multi-million-pound drugs trafficking and money-laundering ring in South Yorkshire has been sentenced to 27 years in jail.

Frank Babar, 48, from Richmond, London, had been found guilty in June at Sheffield Crown Court of conspiracy to evade the prohibition on the importation of cocaine and conspiracy to conceal the proceeds of crime.

A series of raids were carried out last year. Police had previously found parts of hydraulic scissor lifts in Barnsley, used to store cocaine.

Eleven people have been before the courts. Earlier this month, eight of them were jailed for a total of 121 years – they are:

  • Richard Stead, 45, of Greenfoot Lane, Barnsley
  • Michael Dyson, 41, living in the Netherlands but originally from Barnsley
  • Paul Robinson, of Magnolia Close, Barnsley
  • Tristan Clarke, 28, of Glen Road, Sheffield
  • Joseph Fawcett, 26, of Montgomery Road, Sheffield
  • Brent Padgett, 30, of Ludwell Hill, Doncaster
  • Frazer Guest, 35, of Handley Road, Chesterfield
  • Anthony Urban, 35, of Eastfield Road, High Wycombe

“There was no-one above Babar. He personally travelled to Mexico, met with cartels and controlled the purchase, transportation and delivery into the UK of lifts with cocaine that was then distributed all over the north of England.

“Most of the organised crime group members involved lived in South Yorkshire. That is why SYP led on the investigation, which has been a fantastic multi-agency effort.

“On behalf of the Force, I’m delighted with the sentences so far, and they should serve as a deterrent to others involved in this sort of criminality."

– Det Sgt Paul Wilson, South Yorkshire Police

Drug dealer who murdered Leeds teenager given 20 years in prison

Ghanu Stout

A murderer will serve at least 20 years in prison for stabbing a Leeds teenager to death over a drug debt.

The judge who gave Ghanu Stout a life sentence told him he had a duty to protect the public from knife crime.

Stout, 27, was found guilty of murdering 17-year-old Kieran Butterworth in a street attack in Harehills, Leeds, on February 12 this year.

Mr Justice Andrew Smith told Stout he must spend 20 year in prison before he can apply to the parole board for release.

He said: “You murdered Kieran Butterworth. He was only 17 and he had his life to live.

“The killing of anyone, particularly one so young, is a tragic waste.

“No sentence can be any real comfort to his parents and his family and his friends.

“You are responsible for their loss.”

The jury heard Stout confronted Kieran in a café in Bellbrooke Street, Harehills.

The pair struggled and Kieran ran away but Stout ran and attacked him on a grass verge.

The teenager suffered a knife wound to his chest and died in hospital later.

Stout handed himself in to police the next day but denied attacking Kieran. He claimed he had been threatened when he went to meet Kieran.

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