Rotherham men jailed for importing drugs

Shawyat Iqbal and Tahir Ismail, from Rotherham, have been sentenced for 22 years each having been found guilty of conspiring to import drugs into the country.
Shawyat Iqbal and Tahir Ismail, from Rotherham, have been sentenced for 22 years each having been found guilty of conspiring to import drugs into the country.

Two Rotherham men have been jailed for 22 years each for conspiring to import drugs into the country.

Sheffield Crown Court heard how Shawyat Iqbal, 43, and Tahir Ismail, 35, working with two Dutch nationals, Ozkan Duyan and Casper Schrijer, transported a total of around 100kg of ecstasy into the UK from Holland over a period of four months in 2011.

South Yorkshire Police said that the ecstasy was brought over in four trips concealed in the convertible roof space of an Audi A4.

It was driven into the UK by Duyan who delivered the drugs to the two Rotherham men.

Duyan was arrested after being stopped by customs officials at Dover on 5 December, 2011.

After a full investigation including a review of Duyan’s phone records, Schrijer was arrested in Holland in February 2012 and Iqbal and Ismail in March 2012.

Iqbal, of Viemlenda Close, Bramley, and Ismail, of Beaconfield Road, Broom Valley, both pleaded not guilty but were convicted of the offences.

In total, the four men were sentenced to just less than 93 years.

Gerry Smyth, of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), said: “This organised crime group attempted to inflict large amounts of harmful drugs on the communities of South Yorkshire.

“This case shows SOCA continues to work with national and international partners to ensure crime groups who facilitate the illegal drugs trade are disrupted and brought before the courts.”

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Stopford, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “This was an excellent result in the continuing fight against the supply of drugs in the county.

“The lengthy sentences handed down in this case should serve as a warning to anyone seeking to make money from this type of crime.”