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