Three men found guilty of smuggling over a million pounds of Class A drugs into the UK have been jailed for a combined 46 years.

The Yorkshire and Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) said it welcomed the sentencing of the men at Sheffield Crown Court on Monday, May 31, following an operation which uncovered over a million of pounds of heroin and cocaine in a Barnsley industrial unit in 2020.

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The men jailed were:

  • Jonathan McAllister, 29, from Barnsley who was sentenced to 20 years for importing Class A drugs , supplying Class A drugs, possession with intent to supply Class B drugs and money laundering – Guilty – 20 years
  • Christopher McAllister, 33, from Sheffield who was sentenced to 14 years for importing Class A drugs , supplying Class A drugs and money laundering years

  • Connor Bodkin, 24, from Doncaster who was sentenced to 12 years for Suppling Class A drugs.

Authorities including the UK Border force intercepted a consignment destined for an industrial building in Penistone linked to the defendants on May 20 2020 after investigating suspicious packages arriving into the UK.

The consignment contained 19 Kilograms of Class A drugs, namely, 13kg of Cocaine with a street value of up to £1,111,000 and 6kg of Heroin with a street value of up to £297,000.

Subsequent searches of the Penistone building were conducted and a further 15kg of Class B drugs, namely Ketamine with a street value of up to £299,940 and a total of 519 grams of Cocaine with a street value of up to £45,525 were recovered.



Christopher McAllister
Christopher McAllister

Searches at the home addresses of defendants were completed in which large quantities of bank notes were recovered to the value of over £41,000 and 13,000 Euros.

Detective Superintendent Paul Greenwood of the Yorkshire and Humber ROCU, said: “We welcome the sentences given to these men for their roles in smuggling and selling very significant amounts of Class A drugs in both Yorkshire and the wider UK.

“This long running investigation with our partners uncovered a major drug conspiracy and is a real example of the very close work carried out between police, and partner agencies to combat this kind of organised crime.



Connor Bodkin
Connor Bodkin

“In this case the males attempts to import significant amounts of drugs from Europe into the UK raised flags with the UKBA and led to the investigation which cracked this criminal conspiracy.”

He added: “We would urge anyone across Yorkshire and Humber who has information about drug dealing in their communities to contact their local police force or the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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