Doncaster man jailed for drugs conspiracy

South Yorkshire Police Officers
South Yorkshire Police Officers

A Doncaster man has been jailed for three years for his part in a conspiracy to supply heroin in York.

Nathan Wayne Tetley, aged 30, of Church Balk, Edenthorpe, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Ringleader Brian Smith was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment at Teesside Crown Court after running the operation from his home on James Street Caravan Site in York between July 2012 and May 2013.

Smith, aged 37, now of Water Lane, York, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs along with others.

Michael Lee Marshall and Michael Purnell were found guilty of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs following a trial.

Baker, aged 26, of Chapel Garth, Dalton, Thirsk, was jailed for 15 months. His sentence will run concurrently to the three years he is already serving in prison for burglary.

Hughes, aged 25, of Sowerby Road York, was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment.

Brian Smith was responsible for sourcing the heroin from outside of York, mainly from Doncaster, but used other people to collect the drugs for him, in particular Baker and Hughes.

On 13 November 2012, Brian Smith drove Baker and Hughes to Doncaster, where he picked up a consignment of heroin from a caravan site on Stocksbridge Lane.

Having left Baker and Hughes nearby he returned to collect them and dropped them off at a nearby McDonald’s, before returning to York.

Baker and Hughes booked a taxi to take them back to York. On the return journey police stopped the cab on the A19 near Escrick and after a search of the vehicle found a pink handbag containing 494 grams of heroin and Hughes and Baker were arrested.

Later that day police stopped Smith’s Volkswagen Golf on the A19 at Barlby and arrested him.

Following the arrests of Baker and Hughes, Smith recruited Tetley to transport the drugs from Doncaster.

On January 5, 2013, Tetley was stopped by police on the A19 near the Designer Outlet at York. During a search of the Land Rover Freelander he was driving, officers found a package containing 247 grams of heroin.