Today might be #RoaldDahlday, but Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory is most certainly not where two men from Rotherham are heading after each being sentenced to three and half years in jail for dealing heroin and crack cocaine across the town.
David Carroll, 35, and Ian Hague, 49, both of Moorgate Street, Rotherham received the jail time after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled drug with the intent to supply following an investigation into their criminality.
Sgt Den Plaistow, who led the team investigating the men, has said: “An investigation was launched after intelligence and extensive CCTV work showed Carroll and Hague working together to buy and sell drugs across Rotherham.
“Officers arrested them at the end of August and they were found to be in possession of a large quantity of cash and over 10 grams of drugs, which tests revealed to be heroin and crack cocaine.
“Alongside the drugs recovered from Carroll and Hague, a search of their property also revealed measuring equipment and further quantities of both Heroin and Cocaine, which they admitted was intended to be dealt across the town. This along with the drugs in their possession had an estimated street value of around £900.
Carroll and Hague pleaded guilty to the offences and appeared before Sheffield Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday, 12 September) to receive their sentences.
Rotherham’s local Inspector Dave Struggles, has also commented on the case. He said: “The men were running an organised and sophisticated operation, dealing illegal drugs to vulnerable members of the local community.
“I would like to praise all of the officers involved as it was through their dedicated work, the threat Carroll and Hague were posing to our communities, has now been removed.
“Drug and organised crime causes misery and disruption and I would like to offer my reassurance that tackling this criminal activity remains a priority for us.
“I hope through highlighting this result, it demonstrates our commitment to achieving this and the ongoing work we are doing to bring offenders engaging in illegal activity to justice.”
Anyone with concerns relating to drugs, or drug supply, is asked to report it to police via 101. Reports can also be made anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.