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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Drugs plots criminals jailed for 60 years

Prison sentences totaling more than 60 years have been handed down to nine men involved in major drugs plots.

Three Carlisle men were among those sentenced at the city's crown court today.

They included Aaron Giacopazzi, one of the city's most notorious criminals.

The 47-year-old, from Raffles Avenue, Carlisle, was jailed for 16 years.

John Carney, 56, also of Raffles Avenue, Carlisle was handed four years, while Paul Carney, 52, of John Street, Carlisle, was handed 18 months.

All of the men involved were apprehended following a complex police investigation into supply plots involving class A narcotics.

The others jailed were:

  • Shabaz Choudrey, 34, of Rushton Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire: 10 years
  • Ayub Khansia, 54, of Tintern Crescent, Blackburn, Lancashire: 10 years
  • Christopher Drew Brookes, 53, of Albany Road, Blackburn, Lancashire: Nine years
  • Curtis Blue Waite, 24, of Imperial Road, Billingham, Cleveland: Six years
  • Benjamin Morris, 36, of 21 Peel Mount Blackburn, Lancashire: Two years
  • Thomas Robert Martin, 36, of Tarbert Crescent, Blackburn, Lancashire: Two years.

Giacopazzi, of Raffles Avenue, admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine and mephedrone; perverting the course of justice and dangerous driving.

Paul Carney admitted conspiracy to supply mephedrone. John Carney admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine. Waite, of Billingham in the North East, admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine. Brookes, of Blackburn, admitted conspiring to supply cocaine and mephedrone. Khansia, of Blackburn, also admitted conspiring to supply cocaine, while Morris, 37, of Blackburn, admitted conspiring to supply mephedrone. Martin, 36, admitted the same offence. Choudrey admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine.

They were sentenced by Judge Peter Hughes QC.

Speaking afterwards Detective Superintendent Paul Duhig said: "“The sentences passed in court today speak for themselves.

"Our highly committed and effective officers and staff continue to focus on the criminals posing the biggest threat to the communities of Cumbria.

"Anyone who thinks that getting involved in drug supply or serious crime can pay, should think again.

"This case is the latest in a long line of successful investigations which send a clear message to organised criminals in Cumbria - you will end up in court and waste a large part of your life in prison.”

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