Doncaster foot soldier in major drugs gang is jailed

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A Doncaster man has been jailed for his role in a major plot to sell drugs on the streets of South Yorkshire.

Michael Lee along with nine others have received prison sentences totalling 54 years for their involvement in the gang which police fear could have lead to killings if it was not dismantled.

Lee, of Sandringham Road, Intake, was a foot soldier in the group which distributed class A and class B drugs, including heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis.

The ring was busted following an eight-month-long surveilance investigation by South Yorkshire Police’s serious and organised crime unit. As well as tens of thousands of pounds of drugs and money police seized a hand gun and ammunition.

Lee, 28, was jailed for 32 months for admitting conspiracy to purchase a prohibited weapon.

He also received a further six-months for an unrelated outstanding charge of handling stolen goods.

Det Insp Richard Shimwell said after the case: “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.”

Marcus Thompson, 35, of Sheffield, was the ringleader. He was jailed for 19 years after he was found guilty of conspiracy to possess a firearm and conspiracy to supply heroin. He admitted one charge of conspiracy to supply cannabis.

The rest of the members, from Sheffield, Rotherham and London, tended cannabis plants, delivered drugs and stored drugs and money.