135 years for Liverpool to Devon drugs gang


Nineteen men who were convicted of drugs offences were sentenced today, receiving a total of more than 135 years imprisonment between them.

Two of the men were found guilty of conspiracy to supply class A drugs in March this year. The other 17 men pleaded guilty to the same offence at an earlier stage.

Ann Hampshire, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS South West's Complex Casework Unit said "This is one of the largest scale drugs cases we've seen in the South West.

"The supply of drugs can have devastating and wide reaching effects on whole communities. The CPS is committed to making our communities safer by disrupting organised criminal networks like this one and in turn reducing the availability of drugs on the streets.

"Todays sentencing sends out a clear message that drug crime will not be tolerated. Working with the police, the CPS will always seek to prosecute where there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to do so."

the sentences passed today were:

  • Daniel Smith, 29 from Paignton - 13 years and three months
  • Thomas Kehoe, 26 from Liverpool - 12 years and three months 
  • Paul Fagan, 32 from Paignton - 10 years
  • Andrew Cleland, 41 from Torquay - 10 years
  • John Wilson, 49 from Liverpool - 10 years
  • Donald Macaskill, 56 from Liverpool - nine years and four months
  • Kevin Deary, 28 from Torquay - nine years and three months
  • Neil Cupit, 30 from Stokeinteignhead - eight years
  • Robert Murphy, 33 from Brixham - seven years and six months
  • Ian Ross, 37 from Paignton - six years and eight months
  • Lee Sumner, 37 from Liverpool - six years and eight months
  • Michael Griffith, 43 from Wolverhampton - six years and eight months
  • John Cupit, 32 from Liverpool - six years
  • Jordan Caldwell, 27 from Liverpool - six years
  • Ashley Tierney, 28 from Paignton - five years and 10 months
  • Mark Worrall, 51 from Brixham - two years and two months
  • John Fagan, 42 from Liverpool - four years
  • Jordan Taylor, 20 from Paignton - three years and four months
  • Paul Wade, 41 from Liverpool - two years and eight months