Devon

Torbay 'major' drugs supply gang members jailed

Four men have been jailed for their part in a "major conspiracy" to supply cocaine in Torbay.

The men, aged in their 30s and 40s, were involved in moving cocaine and "sinister" stun guns, Exeter Crown Court heard.

They admitted various related charges in connection with the conspiracy and were sentenced earlier.

All four worked for ringleader David Morrison, 40, who has admitted three offences and is yet to be sentenced.

He has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs; possession of stun guns, and possession of criminal property, and is in custody.

Disguised stun guns

The court was told Devon and Cornwall Police seized more than £100,000 in cash from the gang, who had travelled to Liverpool to buy drugs.

They also found 0.5kg (1.1lbs) of cocaine described as 68% pure.

Sixty-eight stun guns disguised as mobile phones and capable of discharging 1.2m volts were also found. Police-issued stun guns employ a voltage of 50,000.

The men sentenced earlier are:

John Minchinton, 34, of Kings Drive, Brixham, admitted conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and possessing a prohibited weapon and was sentenced to 10 years.

Neal Musk, 34, of Paris Road, Paignton, admitted conspiracy to supply class A drugs and was sentenced to six years and eight months.

Simon Parker, 38, of Meadford Lane, Torquay, pleaded guilty to possession of criminal property and possession of drugs with intent to supply and was given three years and eight months.

Robert Daley, 49, of Kirby, Liverpool admitted conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and was given two-and-half years.

'Foot soldier'

Minchinton was described as Morrison's "lieutenant", although his defence lawyer said he was more of a "foot soldier".

In November 2011, Morrison bought 0.5kg (1.1lbs) of cocaine, with an estimated street value of £45,000, in Liverpool, and Musk was later stopped with £12,500 in cash.

Musk's defence lawyer said he had taken part in the trip "by pressure, coercion and intimidation".

Daley was used by Morrison as his driver in Liverpool and Parker was described in court as a "small time" drug dealer, the court heard.

When police raided Parker's parents' house, they found £85,980 in cash.

A sixth man in the gang is also awaiting sentence.

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