Rotherham "Meth factory" gang still on the run a month on

By Adele Forrest | 04/09/2017

Rotherham 'Meth factory' gang still on the run a month on
Pictured from (left to right): Nehdi Tajabidi, Mohammed Chernarli and Mehdi Esmacpoor

THREE men sentenced to a total of 27 years in jail for running a ‘meth factory’ in a suburban home are still at large almost a month after they were convicted.

Mehdi Esmacpoor (38), of Farm Drive, Rawmarsh, Mohammed Chernarli (30), of Mary Hill Road, Glasgow, and Nehdi Tajabidi (31), of Broom Valley Road, were found guilty of conspiracy to produce class A drugs on August 9.

But the three men failed to turn up for their week-long trial at Sheffield Crown Court, only their co-defendant, Luliana Otaraseanu (30) of Manor Fields Close, Kimberworth, attended and was acquitted of the same offence.

The men were sentenced in their absence, Esmacpoor and Chernarli both received ten years in jail and Tajabidi was sentenced to seven years.

The Iranian men had been in custody following their arrest last May after the Broom Valley meth house was shut down following police surveillance.

But were released after their custody time limits expired.

Speaking after the sentencing hearing last month, Det Sgt Anna Sedgwick, who led the investigation, said she was confident the men would be found quickly and that their passports had been confiscated.

But this week, South Yorkshire Police said the three men were still wanted and a warrant was out for their arrest.

Anyone with any information should call police on 101.

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