Sheffield dealer's home raided as drug network comes crashing down after tip off

A Sheffield drug dealer who was caught using an encrypted messaging platform to set up the sale of tens of thousands of pounds worth of Class A drugs has been put behind bars.

Jerry Scothern, 27, of Longley Close, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on Wednesday (June 19) for conspiring to supply a class A drug (cocaine).

He was sentenced to five years in prison. Two other offences - conspiracy to supply a class A drug (heroin), and conspiracy to supply a class B drug (cannabis), will remain on file.

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In 2020 South Yorkshire Police received valuable information that an organised crime group in Sheffield was communicating using an encrypted messaging system.

Scothern had sent a series of messages in which he set up deals involving the sale of large quantities of cocaine and other drugs, worth tens of thousands of pounds. An investigation was launched and officers carried out a search warrant at Scothern’s address in October 2021, where they arrested him.

Several items were seized following a search of the address. Officers determined that Scothern had conspired to supply quantities of cocaine, and he pleaded guilty to the charge at Sheffield Crown Court on April 2.

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Scothern is scheduled to attend Sheffield Crown Court to answer an Application under the Proceeds of Crime Act on November 29.

Detective Constable James McNab said: “This was a great result secured by our hard working officers who were able to bring Scothern to justice.

“Those involved in the illegal trade of drugs bring all sorts of violent crime to communities, and we will continue to disrupt operations like Scothern’s.”

Jerry Scothern
Jerry Scothern -Credit:South Yorkshire Police