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Bugged Car Proved Key to Cracking Cornish Drugs Gang

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7:02am 14th October 2013

Police have told Pirate FM how they bugged the car of a Cornish drugs ring and heard them plot to imprison and beat a man in St Austell.

The gang has been sentenced to a total of eight years behind bars.

It is after police seized cannabis worth £6,000 pounds. But detectives realised that could just be the tip of the iceberg.

Truro Crown Court heard two of the men had been hired to come down to St Austell to seize a man and recoup a drug debt.

The evidence came after police were able to plant a recording device in the car and listen to them lay their plans.

Detective Inspector David Dale said: "Just because they are not caught on the day doesn't mean they aren't going to be caught in twelve months or eighteen months, as in this case. It's gone on for a long time, it's been a long investigation. These people were totally unaware for some considerable length of time afterwards that we were after them.

"They were in the bag and they never realised it.

"As a Serious and Organised Crime investigation team it is our responsibility to tackle such crimes. We've got a number of investigations at all times going on throughout the force - complex and far reaching.

"So, if people deal in drugs in this part of the country be aware that our success rate at the moment is over ninety percent."

7:02am 14th October 2013

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