FOUR men have been jailed for more than 20 years for their part in a major conspiracy to supply cocaine in Torbay after police bugged their ringleader's flat.
A fifth man has admitted being the ringleader of the gang and a sixth is yet to appear in court.
The men, aged in their 30s and 40s, were involved in moving cocaine and 'sinister' stun guns disguised as mobile phones, Exeter Crown Court heard.
The four admitted various related charges in connection with the conspiracy.
In a nine month surveillance operation detectives recorded ringleader David Morrison organising huge shipments of drugs and bragging about how he had anyone who crossed him beaten up.
He masterminded an operation which brought hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of cocaine into the South West and generated so much cash that one henchman hid £85,980 in a punchbag at his home.
All four worked for Morrison, 40, who has admitted three offences and is yet to be sentenced.
He has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs; possession of stun guns, and possession of criminal property, and is in custody.
The court was told Devon and Cornwall Police seized more than £100,000 in cash from the gang, who had travelled to Liverpool to buy drugs.
They also found 0.5kg (1.1lbs) of cocaine described as 68 per cent pure.
Sixty-eight stun guns disguised as mobile phones and capable of discharging 1.2m volts – more than twice as powerful as police issue 500,000m volt stun guns - were also found.
The men sentenced earlier are:
John Minchinton, 34, of Kings Drive, Brixham, admitted conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and possessing a prohibited weapon and was sentenced to 10 years.
Neal Musk, 34, of Paris Road, Paignton, admitted and was sentenced to six years and eight months.
Simon Parker, 37, of Meadfoot Lane, Torquay, pleaded guilty to possession of criminal property and possession of drugs with intent to supply and was given three years and eight months.
Robert Daley, 49, of Kirby, Liverpool admitted conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and was given two-and-half years.
Minchinton was described as Morrison's lieutenant, although his defence lawyer said he was more of a foot soldier.
In November 2011, Morrison bought 0.5kg (1.1lbs) of cocaine, with an estimated street value of £45,000, in Liverpool, and Musk was later stopped with £12,500 in cash.
Musk's defence lawyer said he had taken part in the trip "by pressure, coercion and intimidation".
Daley was used by Morrison as his driver in Liverpool and Parker was described in court as a "small time" drug dealer, the court heard.
When police raided Parker's parents' house, they found £85,980 in cash.
A sixth man in the gang is also awaiting sentence.
The conspiracy was brought to a halt when officers tracked Morrison and two of his lieutenants as they went by train and taxi to Crewe and Liverpool to pick up a half kilo consignment of cocaine which was destined to be sold on the streets of Torbay for £45,000.
The gang were making so much money that they never bothered to use the word thousand so when Morrison talked about £5 he actually meant £5,000.
He was buying a holiday home in Thailand for cash when he was arrested and police found photos on his iPad of him and another henchman posing with a sports cars during a three week luxury holiday in Turkey.
When police found and seized almost £86,000 in cash he was recorded as saying that he shouldn't complain because they had not touched him for seven years.
He was also heard moaning about the low price he was getting for his cocaine during the secret recordings of his flat.
Judge Phillip Wassall told the defendants: "This was a really major drugs conspiracy to supply cocaine of which Morrison was the principle and lead offender.
"This conspiracy ran for nine months and throughout that time the activity was substantial and a large amount of cocaine was being trafficked as a result."
He said it was impossible to put an exact figure on the value of the drugs but he was satisfied that at least 5 kilograms had been sold.
He described Michington and Musk and the foot soldiers and first lieutenants in the conspiracy and Daley as a facilitator in the Liverpool end of the supply chain.
The judge told Minchington his sentence was higher than the others because he handled potentially lethal stun guns which were many times more powerful than those used by the police and were serious and dangerous weapons.
Mr Paul Grumbar, prosecuting, said during the surveillance operation in 2011 members of the gang were seen taking out and paying in cash sums of up to £15,000 from banks and building societies in Torbay.
Morrison and Small were also seen loading a consignment of 58 stun guns, all disguised as mobile phones, into another man's car in the Shedden Hill car park in Torquay.
He said a bug was installed in Morrison's flat which recorded him talking about boxes, meaning one kilo consignments of cocaine. At one point he is heard talking about waiting for a five and a half kilo importation.
He also spoke of having enemies beaten up and was recorded threatening violence to those, including Musk, who owed him money for drugs.
Mr Grumbar said police found £85,980 cash hidden inside a punchbag in Parker's garage and when Morrison learned of the seizure he commented:"Can't moan, it is the only thing I've lost in seven years."
Lawyers representing all four men who were sentenced said they were drawn into the conspiracy by their own drug use and had played comparatively minor parts.