Operation Mach 54 Drug Dealers Prosecuted in Sheffield

16/12/2011

Following a large scale undercover police drugs operation in Sheffield, Prosecutor David Steer from the Complex Casework Unit speaks of the CPS role in prosecuting 54 people for drug supply offences.

He said:

The CPS worked closely with South Yorkshire Police in responding to community concerns and in protecting the public.

From the outset we were able to offer South Yorkshire Police advice about the type of evidence required. The strongest possible case was built against each individual which has led the vast majority to plead guilty at an early opportunity.

The drug dealing took place around primary schools in broad daylight where children played. Those involved dealt heroin and crack cocaine impacting heavily on the local community and the fear of crime.

The operation has been a tremendous success and has led to a better quality of life for local communities and custodial sentences for those responsible.

The Complex Casework Unit is a specialist team of prosecution lawyers which works on the most high profile and complex cases in South Yorkshire such as gang murders and large scale frauds.