Two men have been locked up for a combined sentence of nearly 13 years for the significant roles they played in dealing class A drugs in Doncaster.
Jamie Hayes, of Sprotbrough Road, Doncaster, and Jonathan Hanley of Brownberrie Walk, Leeds, both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine, possession with intent to supply heroin and cocaine as well as possessing criminal proceeds, namely cash.
Both men were arrested in February this year when officers swooped down on Doncaster and raided a number of properties following a nine-month investigation, entitled Operation Deal.
The operation involved the use of a variety of tactics to try and tackle the issue of Serious Acquisitive Crime in the town, which included burglary, theft from motor vehicle and robbery.
Officers made 35 arrests over three consecutive days for a variety of offences and recovered as part of the investigation approximately £58,000 of stolen property, £15,000 in cash, £18,000 of Class A and C drugs, a stolen vehicle and a stun gun.
Hayes, 30, and Hanley, 26, were both arrested on the first day of the raids, Tuesday 10 February and were charged within 48 hours.
They were also charged and pleaded guilty to an additional offence each; Hayes to possessing Class C drugs with intent to supply and Hanley to supplying another with heroin.
Appearing at Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday 19 June, Hayes was sentenced to seven years and Hanley to five years and eight months in prison.
Detective Constable Andy Shields investigating said: “The aim of Operation Deal was to reduce crime and with this result, I hope it offers reassurance to our residents in Doncaster that we will do all we can to keep them safe.
“Hayes and Hanley believed they were untouchable. Between them, they had over £30,000 in cash and class A drugs, all of which was seized and the drugs destroyed.
“These two men are the latest to be sentenced as part of Op Deal and it should send out a very clear message to anyone who chooses to be involved in any form of criminality that affects the honest and hard-working people of Doncaster, we will find you and we will bring you to justice.”