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Seven arrests in South Yorkshire drug raids

Officers raided houses across South Yorkshire

Seven people have been arrested as part of planned covert drug raids in South Yorkshire.

A series of properties in Rotherham, Eastwood and Sheffield were targeted by officers and arrests were made on suspicion of the supply of Class A drugs.

All seven remain in custody for questioning.

The raids are a result of six month investigation as part of Operation Catchall.

Four men aged 22, 20, and two 17 year olds were arrested today with two men, aged 22 and 25-years-old, and a 21-year-woman are being detained.

DCI Bob Chapman said: “Several months of detailed and sensitive covert investigations, targeting the supply of heroin and crack cocaine, has come to fruition this week.

“We have seven people in custody and the streets are a safer place as a result.”

Drug dealers jailed for more than 26 years

Three drug dealers have been jailed for a total of more than 26 years for their part in a highly-organised plot to distribute Class A drugs across the UK. Daniel Wolf, Gregory Moss and James Brayshaw were sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court.

Wolf, aged 34, from Worksop, was jailed for 16 years for conspiracy to import class A drugs and conspiracy to supply class A drugs. Brayshaw, aged 32, and of no fixed address, was jailed for six years and six months for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Meanwhile, Moss, aged 46, from Buxton, was jailed for three years, eight months for conspiracy to supply class A drugs. The sentencing marks the conclusion of a long-running operation by South Yorkshire Police to snare Wolf and his henchmen, which was launched late in 2011.

DCI Zaf Ali said that the operation was formulated to tackle “a particular group of individuals who were involved in organised crime, operating internationally, nationally and locally.”

Senior investigating officer DI Richard Shimwell added:

“The impact in removing these organised criminals and dismantling their network and capability sends a strong and positive message that South Yorkshire Police will tackle those operating at the highest level."

James Brayshaw
Gregory Moss


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.

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