A Doncaster man has been jailed for his role in a major plot to sell drugs on the streets of South Yorkshire.
Michael Lee, aged 28, of Sandringham Road, Intake, admitted conspiracy to buy a prohibited weapon and was jailed for 32 months.
He was one of 10 men jailed for a total of 54 years - and senior investigating officer Det Insp Richard Shimwell said the streets of South Yorkshire ‘are a safer place as a result’.
The ringleader was Marcus Gad Binghi Thompson - who in 2009 was charged with murdering James Kamara in a drive-by shooting in Sheffield. He was acquitted in 2010 when the trial collapsed.
The 35-year-old was the head of a group which distributed drugs, while others tended cannabis plants, delivered the drugs and stored money, Sheffield Crown Court heard.
Thompson was jailed for 19 years after a jury found him guilty of conspiracy to possess a firearm and conspiracy to supply heroin.
He also admitted conspiracy to supply cannabis - but was cleared of a plot to sell cocaine.
Thompson’s activities were revealed by an eight-month investigation carried out by South Yorkshire Police’s serious and organised crime unit.
The court heard Thompson, of Firth Park, was put under police surveillance and seen visiting addresses in Sheffield and Rotherham where officers later recovered drugs, a gun and ammunition.
The rest of the gang were: Aaron Martin, aged 22, of Shirecliffe, Sheffield - admitted conspiracy to supply heroin and was found guilty of conspiracy to possess a prohibited weapon and ammunition. Cleared of conspiracy to supply cocaine. Jailed for nine and a half years.
Thomas Carlin, 37, of Aldwarke, Rotherham, - found guilty of conspiring to possess a firearm, admitted conspiracy to supply cannabis. Jailed for eight years.
Reza Kermani, 38, of Whiston, Rotherham - found guilty of conspiracy to supply cannabis. Jailed for four years.
Brinsley Shaka Mason, 24, of Wybourn, Sheffield - admitted possessing a Class A drug with intent to supply. Jailed for three and a half years.
Gary Neil, 51, of Eastwood, Rotherham - admitted conspiracy to supply cannabis. Jailed for two years.
Michael Parkin, 49, of East Dene, Rotherham - found guilty of producing cannabis. Cleared of conspiracy to supply cannabis. Jailed for 15 months.
Marcus Thompson’s brother Joseph Thompson, 28, of Chapeltown - admitted possessing counterfeit currency. Cleared of conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine. Jailed for four months.
Kaveh Faridi, 25, of Acton, London - found guilty of conspiracy to supply cannabis, admitted possessing CS gas canisters. Jailed for four years.