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Drugs gang man Kevin Baggott jailed over cocaine

A "trusted member of a drugs gang" in Bedfordshire has been jailed after police watched him deliver drugs and cash.

Officers had tracked roofer Kevin Baggott, of Leighton Buzzard, for months and found he had cocaine worth up to £900,000 when stopped in May.

St Albans Crown Court heard he was earlier seen handing £123,000 in cash to a co-defendant.

Baggott, 51, admitted six offences and was jailed for 10 years on Friday.

The court heard the father of three had already served an 11-year sentence in the 1990s for supplying 21kg of cocaine and 111kg of cannabis.

Prosecutor Michael Speak said Baggott was "a highly trusted member in the top echelon of a drug gang."

'Stupidly took opportunity'

The court heard that in early 2012, police were watching Baggott when he transferred bags or packages from his car to other vehicles.

The cars or vans were later found to be carrying cannabis, cocaine or money, including in one incident £123,000 in cash.

Police were tracking him again on 23 May when they stopped his car and found 15 blocks of cocaine with a street value of up to £900,000, £3,500 in cash and CS gas canister.

He was arrested and made no comment in interview.

Baggott, of Baker Street, admitted supplying cannabis and cocaine, possessing cocaine with intent, money laundering, possessing criminal property and having a CS canister.

Sebastian Gardiner, for Baggott, said he had earned only £8,000 while working as a roofer and "stupidly took the opportunity" to get involved with the drugs gang.

He said he lived in a council house and "had no trappings of wealth."

The court heard other men associated with the enterprise had already been jailed.

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