Drug ring's prison terms welcomed by prosecutors

12/07/2010

The prison sentences handed to a group of men for drugs offences in Exeter and Devon have been lauded by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Last week Shaun Pepperell, aged 37, from Wonford, was jailed for 13 and half years after pleading guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply cocaine and one of cannabis.

Police believe he has been involved in large-scale importation of the drugs into Devon along with many thousands of pounds in cash.

Jason Hutchings, 38, from Whipton, was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison for conspiracy to supply cocaine and cannabis, while Neil Western, 36 and also from Whipton, was given five years and nine months for conspiracy to supply cannabis.

Also jailed were Matthew Mingo, 20, of Coleford, Crediton; Gavin Squires, 32, of Tedburn St Mary; Patrick Hurley, 61, from Tedburn St Mary, and Christopher Land, 27, from St Thomas.

Joshua Sprague, 20, from St Thomas, was given a nine-month prison sentence suspended for two years.

Ann Reddrop, head of the CPS' South West Complex Casework Unit, said: "This was a very large operation to bring these men to justice which involved compiling a great deal of complex evidence to support the prosecution case.

"We were greatly assisted by the fact that the police identified the need for early support from the CPS. By working together closely, the prosecution team has been able to achieve this excellent result."