Dealer jailed for six years played key role in Cornwall drug supply
A DRUG DEALER who helped local gangs attempt to flood Cornwall with £1 million worth of cocaine, cannabis and amphetamine has been jailed for six years.
John Patrick Kennedy, 34, was sentenced at Truro Crown Court on Friday for his role in a conspiracy involving a network of 20 dealers in Cornwall in 2010.
Judge John Neligan said Kennedy provided a main point of contact for the two rings based at Falmouth and Newquay, who were foiled by an extensive police operation, code-named Ipanema.
The court heard Kennedy was spotted loading a holdall packed with almost £90,000 worth of cocaine and cannabis into a car driven by Andrew Smith, from Falmouth, in Huddersfield, in November 2010.
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Bathsheba Cassel, for the prosecution, said Smith had been sent a text message from a contact known only as "Basher" providing him with a postcode for the meeting point, but was pulled over by police as he attempted to travel back to Cornwall.
Following his arrest on March 28, 2012, Kennedy was discovered to have 498 grams of cocaine in his car at a purity of 68 per cent, which the court heard was a common level for drugs imported into the UK and had a potential street value of £20,000 when cut.
In his home at Stonleigh Pavilions, Bryan Road, Huddersfield, officers found 40kg of cutting agent caffeine, electric scales, sealable bags and a hydraulic press. Adam Kane, for the defence said his client had found employment since his arrest.
Judge Neligan told Kennedy he was a main point of contact for couriers supplying drugs to the South West, adding: "The drugs were going to be distributed causing destruction and unhappiness and no-doubt ill health in some cases in the county of Cornwall."
Kennedy was given concurrent three-year sentences for conspiracy to supply 117g of cocaine worth £5,200 and conspiracy to supply 15 blocks of herbal cannabis worth £84,000, between November 1 and December 1, 2010.
Kennedy was ordered to serve a further three years in jail for possession of 498g of cocaine with intent to supply to another on March 28, 2012.
As reported in the West Briton, the remaining 20 people involved in Operation Ipanema were sentenced to as much as 13 years in jail in June following a lengthy police investigation.
The operation was said to be the single biggest drugs bust of its kind in Cornish history.