Three generations of Bodmin family jailed for trafficking heroin
THREE generations of a Bodmin family have been jailed for their part in trafficking heroin into Cornwall.
The drugs gang they were involved in brought an estimated £1 million of heroin into Devon and Cornwall and they have been jailed for a total of more than 70 years.
Grandparents Michael and Teresa Wood from Furze Hill in Bodmin helped two of their three sons and their grandson run the supply chain which was disrupted by a lengthy and sophisticated police surveillance operation.
It resulted in the couple being stopped as they drove from Torbay back to Bodmin with £50,000 worth of heroin in Teresa Wood's shopping bag alongside the Cornish pasties she had bought for their supper.
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A police search has been launched for one of the key figures allegedly involved in the conspiracy who jumped bail a few days before he was due to join 15 others in the dock at Exeter Crown Court.
Stephen Blundell, who was said to be the initial mastermind behind the supply chain, is now on the run after Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, issued a warrant for his arrest.
A police operation, codenamed Raby, spent two years tracking the movements of couriers as they made 40 trips to the South West.
Grandfather Michael Wood was watched as he made 14 trips from Bodmin to Torbay to pick up drugs and his wife was carrying half a kilogram, worth £50,000 when they were stopped as they left the resort. Michael Wood, aged 75, was jailed for six and a half years; his wife Teresa, aged 63, and grandson Jake, aged 24, were both jailed for four years. All lived at Furze Hill, Bodmin,
Ivan Wood, aged 43, was jailed for nine years and his brother, Calvin, aged 41, for six. They both lived at Monument Way, Bodmin.
The main organiser in Torbay, Mark Gale, aged 41, of Willow Avenue, Torquay, was jailed for eight years, and street dealer Richard Heywood, who sold drugs from addresses in Berry Pomeroy and Dornafield Drive, Ipplepen, Newton Abbot, for three years and eight months.
One of the gang leaders Craig Corrigan, aged 23, was jailed for nine years.
Couriers John Pogue, aged 27, Keith Anderson, aged 30, and Vincent Toohey, aged 29, all from Liverpool, were jailed for six, six and four and a half years respectively.
Money launderers Ryan Morgan, aged 29, and Brian McDonald, aged 48, also from Liverpool, were jailed for two years and 16 months respectively.
Paul Corrigan is already serving a five-year jail term for his part in setting up the supply chain.
All the defendants admitted conspiracy to supply class A drugs with the exception of Teresa Wood and Mark Gale, who denied the charge and were convicted.
Judge Gilbert in sentencing the Wood family, told Ivan Wood: "You had a leading role in all three conspiracies, with the distribution in Bodmin being organised by you.
"You continued to run it after the arrest of Paul Corrigan in August 2010 and your parents in October of that year.
He told Michael Wood: "You are 75 but were a very busy courier for your son."
Judge Gilbert told Teresa Wood: "You played a lesser role but you were fully aware of what was going on."
Mr Ray Tully, for the prosecution, said the drugs supply chain stretched from Liverpool to Torbay at first, with drugs then moved on to Bodmin.
He said Michael Wood and his wife Teresa were caught with heroin worth around £10,000 wholesale and £50,000 retail when their car was stopped.
Surveillance later showed evidence of direct delivery from Liverpool to Ivan and Calvin Wood's homes in Monument Way, Bodmin. A courier leaving the address was caught carrying £11,000 cash.
Mr Tully said of the Wood family: "They were all deeply involved in the supply of heroin. It was in effect a family business."
Lawyers representing all the defendants said that many had been drawn into the world of drugs by their own or their families' addictions and should be given credit for admitting their involvement.