Trio jailed for class A drugs plot

Gregory Moss.
Gregory Moss.

A drug dealer has been jailed for a ‘sophisticated’ plot to import £200,000 worth of heroin sewn into carpets and flown to the UK from Pakistan.

Daniel Wolf, aged 44, was at the helm of the UK operation to import the Class A drugs – destined for Dinnington.

James Brayshaw.

James Brayshaw.

Ben Birbeck, 32, of Leopold Street and 30-year-old Michael Plant, of Park Avenue, both Dinnington, Darren Gilberthorpe, 39, of Zamor Crescent, Thurcroft, and Darren Russell, 33, were jailed last October for a total of 26 years for their roles.

Wolf, of Greenwood Close, Worksop, who was jailed for seven years for the conspiracy and nine for the drugs supply plot, was the last to be sentenced.

Gerald Hendron, prosecuting, said Wolf’s mobile phone records showed he liaised with Birbeck at the top of the chain and also with the supplier in Pakistan.

The men were caught after customs officers at Manchester Airport found the drug when checking the carpets.

Mr Hendron said: “They spiked one of the carpets and brown powder fell out.

“They found straws running through the carpets, wrapped in black material and woven into them.”

South Yorkshire Police seized the carpets bound for Darren Russell’s home on Plantation Port, Dinnington.

The total haul was 3.95kg of heroin – worth £195,700.

Wolf also admitted a plot to supply large quantities of heroin and cocaine with James Brayshaw, 32, of no fixed address, and 46-year-old Gregory Moss, of Bakewell Court, Buxton.

Brayshaw and Moss were ‘couriers’, who handed over cocaine and heroin in exchange for cash.

Moss was jailed for three years and eight months, and Brayshaw for six-and-a-half years.