Tackling the supply and distribution of drugs has been described as a ‘priority’ for police officers in Sheffield.
South Yorkshire Police issued the warning after Sheffield dealer Ian Heald was jailed for four years and seven months after being found with cocaine and over £45,000 in cash when officers searched his home and business premises.
The 50-year-old’s drug empire was exposed when officers raided his home in Wharf Street, Victoria Quays and his business premises, Jic Refractory Products, in Orgreave Crescent, Handsworth, in February last year.
They recovered cocaine with a street value of around £15,000 as well as £45,430 in cash and almost £2,000 in foreign currencies. PC Darren McKenna, who led the investigation, said: “When we searched Heald’s home address we also found substantial amounts of cash in a variety of currencies and high value items of property including a number of Rolex watches. “
The drugs seized were sent away for analysis with specialists estimating them to have a street value of over £15,000. “Financial investigators from Sheffield were also able to secure a confiscation order of £45,350 in cash and foreign currency under the Proceeds of Crime Act, thought to have been obtained by Heald as a result of his criminal dealings.