A Sheffield drug dealer, who used children to help carry out his work, has been jailed for over six years, a court heard.
Paris Rose, 33, of Edenhall Road, Sheffield, was jailed earlier this week after officers uncovered his ‘substantial drugs operation’ and seized drugs with a market value of around £93,500.
Sheffield Crown Court heard that Rose owned and controlled, what South Yorkshire Police describes as a lucrative Class A drug line using a lone phone number between 2015 and 2017.
Police also said Rose made large amounts of money whilst using children to run his drugs.
A statement released by South Yorkshire Police said: “The first of the warrants began in January 2016 where officers recovered 323 grams of class A drugs from an address on Edenhall Road. A man was arrested and subsequently convicted. A number of other warrants followed over the following two years and a total of six other people were arrested and later brought to justice.
“In November 2017, officers raided an address in Chesterfield and his home address on Edenhall Road in Sheffield and seized cocaine hydrochloride and cannabis valued at around £42,000. Despite attempts to hide his mobile phone, officers seized it and found messaging consistent with the supply of class A and B drugs.”
On Monday, Rose plead guilty for possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of class A and B, producing controlled drug Class B, possessing a controlled drug of class B and conspiracy to supply a class A controlled drug.
Detective Inspector Matt Lavender, from Sheffield district, said: “Rose was running a sophisticated line and using a number of children as his drugs runners to be able to run his enterprise.
“Drugs can not only blight communities, but they can also lead to devastating consequences and those heading up such large-scale drugs enterprises are our number one target.
“Behind every drug deal is someone vulnerable, whether that’s the person making it, storing it, selling it, or involved in violence as a result. That’s why taking drugs off our streets is and will always remain as one of our number one priorities.
“This drugs operation is a clear example of County Lines whereby young and vulnerable members of community are used to benefit people like Rose and I’m glad he’s been brought to justice.
“Anyone concerned or has any information about drug dealing in their community can contact us by calling 101 or reporting it online at our online portal at: Home | SmartContact (southyorkshire.police.uk)”