Plymouth man jailed for two years for his part in drug ring
A PLYMOUTH man has been jailed for two years and four months for his part in a drugs ring operation which also involved men banned from Devon and Cornwall.
Jake Newson, of Mount Gould Road, was arrested on September 15, 2011 in Coypool car park following a national swoop on a suspected dealing ring.
The huge police operation involved more than 100 officers from five forces and targeted key members of an organised drug gang. The gang had set up and co-ordinated drug cells to distribute crack cocaine and heroin across Hampshire, Dorset, Sussex and Devon and Cornwall.
Newson and the other men who appeared at Newport Crown Court last week, all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
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One of the gang – Simon Simpson – was jailed for six years and four months.
Simpson was banned from Devon and Cornwall for 10 years in June 2007 after Plymouth City Council applied for an Antisocial Behaviour Order against him.
The "super ASBO" was granted after Plymouth magistrates heard how Simpson was "an enforcer" who collected drug debts with a "penchant" for violence.
Simpson was an associate of Blake Donnellan, who was sentenced at Plymouth Crown Court in September 2011 for 15-years for conspiracy to supply cocaine and other drugs.
Other conspirators jailed alongside Newson and Simpson included Robert Guilfoyle, aged 21 from Camborne, jailed for two years; Troy Clack, aged 20, of Southampton, jailed for two years and four months; Dale Carroll, aged 23, from Greater Manchester, jailed for three years and four months; Sonny Elms, aged 20 from Greater Manchester, jailed for two years and four months; Ryan Poole, aged 24, from Greater Manchester, jailed for three years.
Acting Sgt Paula Tucker, who worked on the Devon and Cornwall part of the operation, said: "This should act as a strong warning that Devon and Cornwall Police will not tolerate drug dealers in our county. We will work closely with other forces and major crime investigation teams to see that those responsible are brought to justice.
"This operation would not of been successful without help from the public. Without information from them we have no doubt that this drugs ring would still be running and targeting young and vulnerable people.
"It may seem frustrating to the public who report their suspicions and action may not seem to be taken immediately, this case is a prime example of how seriously we take any information given to us.
"If you have any information no matter how small please pass to police in confidence on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111."