Shocking footage has captured the moment two women met for a drugs swap in a prison car park, while holding a baby.
The two women, both part of huge crime families in the north of England, were caught on camera doing a cash for drugs deal.
Natalie Wrafter, 31, and Shazia Din, 42, were filmed in the car park of Doncaster prison after visiting Wrafter’s kingpin father, Peter.
Peter had led the Doncaster side of a huge cross-Pennines drug trafficking operation from December 2018 to the following July,.
The Wrafters were involved in the supply of class-A drugs, including heroin and cocaine, with Natalie taking over the family business when Peter went to prison.
Police found Peter in possession of a revolver and ammunition, alongside a kilo of heroin which was kept in a van outside his Doncaster home – he was sentenced to 12-years for his part in the operation which had seen him join forces with another crime family from Bury, Greater Manchester.
This Greater Manchester crime family was led by Din who, alongside her sister, Abia, 45, distributed heroin, cocaine and amphetamines throughout South Yorkshire-based networks.
In the clip that was secretly filmed in the car park of HMP Doncaster, Wrafter can be seen passing bundles of cash to Din, who stuffs them into a bag in the boot of her Mercedes.
After the money was handed over, James Dickson travelled from Doncaster to Manchester to conclude the trade deal struck by Natalie Wrafter and Din.
A beauty business, known as ‘The Beauty Booth’ was set up by the Din family as a front to launder dirty money made from vast profits, police say.
Din, of The Drive, Bury, is now serving a 15 year jail sentence after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs, namely cocaine and heroin, and MDMA; and conspiracy to supply class B drugs, namely cannabis; and conspiracy to convert and transfer criminal property.
Natalie Wrafter, of Harewood Avenue, Doncaster, who pleaded guilty before trial to conspiracy to supply class A drugs, namely cocaine and heroin; conspiracy to supply class B drugs, namely amphetamine; and conspriacy to convert and transfer criminal property was jailed for 11 years three months.
Dickson, 61, of Fojambe Crescent, Doncaster, was convicted by a jury of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, namely cocaine and heroin and was jailed for four years six months.
Another member of the drugs ring was snared after a police pursuit, also caught on film.
Graham Towriss, whose role was a courier, was stopped on the A1 northbound in Doncaster by traffic officers after suppling a kilo of class to Mark Bird in a gym car park.
A few weeks later Towriss was detained in Doncaster after a police chase during which he threw a kilo block of cocaine from his vehicle.
He was found to be in possession of an encrypted phone and worked for the Din family – he had previously been seen by covert officers meeting Hassan Din, in the Rochdale area. He was Shazia Din’s son, who played a key part in the drugs operation, along with her sister, Abia.
Towriss, 28, of Hartford Avenue, Heywood, was convicted in September of possessing cocaine with intent to supply; possessing heroin with intent to supply; possessing a controlled drug of Class A with intent to supply; possessing cannabis with intent to supply; driving when unfit through drink or drugs and dangerous driving. He was jailed for six years.
Bird, 33, of Stonegate Mews, Doncaster, was convicted by a jury of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, namely cocaine and heroin and jailed for seven years.
Hassan Din, of The Drive, Bury, was jailed for 14 years. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class B drugs, namely cannabis, and conspiracy to transfer criminal property. He was convicted by a jury of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, namely cocaine and heroin; and conspiracy to supply class A drugs, namely MDMA.
A third piece of footage captured David Wright travelling from Rochdale to a housing estate in Doncaster with a block of high purity cocaine in the passenger footwell of his vehicle.
Melvyn Sheldon was filmed running from the vehicle before being caught by police officers.
Wright was found in possession of an an encrypted phone and had previously transported £170,000 in criminal cash for the Din family.
The cocaine was recovered and had a wholesale value of £50,000 due to its purity.
Wright, 54, of Fletcher Close, Heywood, who pleaded guilty to supply class A drugs, namely cocaine, and heroin, and conspiracy to convert and transfer criminal property was jailed for four years.
Sheldon, 40, of East Avenue, Doncaster, was convicted by a jury of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, namely cocaine and heroin and jailed for six years.
In total 17 people were jailed for a total of 140 years for their part in the drugs ring.
Over 60 kilos of class A drugs including heroin and cocaine worth £3m were seized, £300,000 in cash; a hydraulic press, drugs paraphernalia, a handgun and ammunition following Operation Heart conducted by GMP and South Yorkshire Police.
Detective Inspector Lee Griffin, of GMP’s Serious and Organised Crime Group, said: “During the operation we scrutinised this group intensely as we uncovered their illicit activities across the country, enabling us to gather evidence and unravel the conspiracy.
“It is thanks to the hard work of all the officers in this case from Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire Police that a group of criminals using sophisticated methods have been stopped from deluging our streets with huge amounts of drugs.
“This operation pre-dates the recent advances in breaking encrypted criminal communication and required a significant amount of time, effort and skill from those tasked with tackling the crime group.
“We have disrupted the supply of drugs and cash payments between the regions of not just Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire, but around the UK.
“Drugs wreck lives, destroy relationships and blight our communities – it was also clear in this case vulnerable people were exploited to further the illegal trade in drugs. Those who are responsible for supplying illegal drugs to vulnerable people deserve no place in our society, and our community is a safer place with them behind bars.
“I hope this sentencing sends a clear message that GMP will work with our colleagues around the UK to relentlessly pursue those persons who supply harmful drugs and we will go to the great lengths required to bring them to justice.”
In total 19 people were convicted and 17 of those jailed.
Those sentenced were:
- Shazia Din, 42, of The Drive, Bury, was jailed for 15 years.
- Abia Din, 45, of Woodman Drive, Bury, jailed for 18 years.
- Hassan Din, 21, of The Drive, Bury, was jailed for 14 years.
- Natalie Wrafter, of Harewood Avenue, Doncaster, was jailed for 11 years and three months.
- Adam Hopewell, 32, of Whitcomb Drive, Rossington,was jailed for nine years and six months.
- Lee Davis, 37, of Polefield Hall Road, Prestwich, was jailed for nine years.
- Mark Bird, 33, of Stonegate Mews, Doncaster, was jailed for seven years.
- David Wright, 54, of Fletcher Close, Heywood, was jailed for four years.
- Melvyn Sheldon, 40, of East Avenue, Doncaster, was jailed for six years.
- Lewis Yates, 32, of Foxlair Road, Wythenshawe, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for 18 months and placed on an electronically monitored curfew.
- Rachel Turpin, 39, of Boswell Close, New Rossington, was sentenced to two years imprisonment suspended for 2 years, placed on an electronically monitored curfew and handed 150 hours unpaid work.
- Jonathon Ramsbottom, 37, of Fairfield Avenue, Maesteg, South Wales, was handed four years and six months imprisonment.
- James Dickson, 61, of Fojambe Crescent, Doncaster, was jailed for four years and six months.
- Rocky Smith, 31, of Tranmore Lane, Eggborough, Goole, was jailed for five-and-a-half years.
- Last year Peter Wrafter, of Harewood Avenue, Doncaster, was jailed for 12 years.
- Alan Forster, 42, of Wheately Hall Road, Doncaster, for possessing was jailed for three years six months.
- Lewis Darcy, 22, of Whitcomb Drive, New Rossington, was jailed for five years.
- Arjan Bedesha of Woodside Grove, County Durham, was jailed for three years four months.
- Graham Towriss, 28, of Hartford Avenue, Heywood, of possessing cocaine was jailed for six years.
A Proceeds of Crime Act hearing has been set for June 7 and 8 2021.