South Yorkshire Drugs Trafficker Jailed for 20 years

14/05/2014

Craig Allen was today sentenced to 20 years at Sheffield Crown Court for his part in masterminding a global conspiracy to import cocaine and heroin into the UK.

Roger Woodward, Senior Crown Prosecutor in the Complex Casework Unit, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside said:

"Craig Allen was an international criminal the lynch pin of a global drugs conspiracy and one of the most significant drugs traffickers we have ever prosecuted in Yorkshire and Humberside.

"The case was the culmination of five different police operations four in South Yorkshire and one in North Wales, which together generated over four thousand pages of evidence to present to the court.

"These revealed that Allen, operating from Thailand and then Amsterdam, and using over 18 different mobile telephones to evade detection, was at the heart of a spiders web of buyers, importers, and suppliers of massive quantities of heroin and cocaine.

"During the course of the investigation, 22 kilos of drugs and almost half a million Euros were seized but this is very likely to have been the tip of the iceberg.

"The fact that he pleaded guilty is testament to the strength of the case we were able to build against him and thanks in no small part to the diligence and persistence of the police investigations.

"He has now been sentenced to  20 years and we are actively pursuing proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act. 

"The streets of our towns and cities are safer now that this dangerous criminal is behind bars."