A Doncaster man has been sentenced to over two years in prison for his role in a South Yorkshire drugs gang.
Michael Lee, of Sandringham Road in Intake, has been jailed for 32 months for possession of a fire arm, and was also given an additional six-month jail term for an unrelated outstanding charge of handling stolen goods.
Mr Lee, 28, was a ‘foot soldier’ in a group that distributed drugs across Sheffield and Rotherham. Others tended cannabis plants, delivered drugs and stored drugs and money.
Marcus Gad Binghi Thompson, 35, was the main operator and is now facing a total of 19 years behind bars following an eight-month-long investigation by South Yorkshire Police’s serious and organised crime unit.
Senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Richard Shimwell, said: “This has been a long and complex investigation into the wholesale supply of Class A and B controlled drugs onto the streets of South Yorkshire.
“Those concerned are violent individuals and the recovery of firearms and ammunition only serves to demonstrate the potentially fatal consequences that drug dealing at this level often involves. The streets of South Yorkshire are a safer place as a result of this verdict.”
Thompson was under surveillance as he visited a number of addresses in Sheffield and Rotherham, where police later recovered drugs, a gun and ammunition.
The operation also identified his co-defendants, Joseph Thompson, Thomas Carlin, Aaron Martin, Michael Lee, Gary Neil, Reza Kermani, Kaveh Faridi, Michael Parkin and Brinsley Mason, who stood trial alongside him at Sheffield Crown Court.
Thompson rarely had possession of the drugs himself and also used sophisticated techniques in a bid to stay one step ahead of the police.
In May 2012, Marcus Thompson was seen visiting an address in Wybourn House Road. After he left, police executed a search warrant and discovered a large quantity of crack cocaine.
On July 6, 2012, police executed a search warrant in Lord Street, Rotherham. Inside the house, officers discovered 243 cannabis plants with a potential street value of £24,000.
On October 2, 2012, police searched an address in School Yard, Whiston, and seized cannabis with a street value of £73,500, together with £10,000 cash. While the police search was going on, Faridi arrived at the address with a further £10,000 in cash.
On October, 25 2012, the policing operation came to a conclusion after Marcus Thompson was seen visiting the home of Aaron Martin in Herries Road, Sheffield.
Officers saw Martin leave, carrying half a kilo of heroin. At the property, a further half kilo of heroin was found, along with a hand gun and ammunition.