£1.4 million drugs kingpin jailed

Paul Sherrington, of Howell Gardens, Thurnscoe - convicted after police seized drugs worth over �1 million.
Paul Sherrington, of Howell Gardens, Thurnscoe - convicted after police seized drugs worth over �1 million.

A drug dealer has been jailed for 15 years after police found £1.4 million worth of heroin, cocaine and amphetamine inside his home and car.

Paul Sherrington, 50, of Howell Gardens, Thurnscoe, was snared after a covert police operation lasting several months.

Detectives seized 2kg of cocaine, 2kg of heroin and 49kg of amphetamine during the course of the investigation.

On February 21, police followed him to Blyth, near Doncaster, where he was seen to transfer a white box, containing 7kg of amphetamine, from the boot of his black VW Golf into a Vauxhall van.

The van driver has since been jailed for 21 months for possession with intent to supply.

On the afternoon of 14 March, Sherrington was arrested during another trip into Nottinghamshire. Officers discovered 1kg of heroin contained in black bag underneath the front passenger seat.

Raids then followed at his four-bedroom home and another of his properties at Kingsway, Thurnscoe.

The rest of the amphetamine was discovered in the loft at Kingsway, while the heroin and cocaine were found in the garage of the same house. Component parts of a hydraulic press were also stored in the garage.

Meanwhile, officers recovered dealer lists and equipment associated with dealing drugs such as mixing agents, polythene bags, gloves and weighing apparatus at the Howell Gardens property.

Sherrington pleaded guilty to the supply of 7kg of amphetamine, possession with intent to supply heroin and being concerned in the supply of amphetamine, cocaine and heroin.

After he was jailed at Sheffield Crown Court last Tuesday, detective constable Shaun Peel said: “This has been a long and complex investigation into the wholesale supply of Class A and B controlled drugs in South Yorkshire and the East Midlands.

“The number of charges brought over the course of the investigation is testament to the dedication and determination of a small group of officers who have worked on this covert investigation.”