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Woman who helped drug gang spared jail

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: April 16, 2013

Exeter Crown Court

A housewife who helped launder cash for a £1 million heroin dealing gang has been spared jail so she can care for her seven children.

Jennifer Cudd, aged 37, was lured into the large scale conspiracy to bring drugs from Liverpool to Torbay and Bodmin because ex-boyfriend Mark Gale was a key player in the plot.

She allowed her bank account to be used to transfer a total of £3,200 which was paid in as cash and sent on to contacts in Liverpool.

She was caught because one of her bank statements was found at the home of a large scale drug dealer in Bodmin, Exeter Crown Court heard.

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Cudd, of Windsor Road, Torquay, admitted money laundering and was jailed for nine months, suspended for two years by Judge Francis Gilbert, QC.

The same judge jailed 14 other members of the gang to a total of more than 70 years last week.

Gale, aged 41, of Willow Avenue, Torquay, was jailed for eight years after the Judge ruled he had played a significant role as the Devon organiser for the gang.

Judge Gilbert told Cudd: "You allowed Mark Gale to launder money which came from the sale of heroin through your account. He was involved in a successful conspiracy to bring heroin to the South West."

Mr James Bennett, prosecuting, said Cudd had played a part in the larger conspiracy because Gale is the father of two of her seven children and she had remained in touch with him when their relationship broke up.

She allowed him to visit her house and agreed to pay two cash sums of £200 and £3,000 into her account and transfer the money to accounts of friends of the main drugs suppliers in Liverpool. Mr Malcolm Galloway, defending, urged the Judge to consider Cudd's domestic circumstances and follow the suggestion of a probation pre-sentence report.

Cudd's home address featured in the trial last year of 63-year-old grandmother Teresa Wood, who was the matriarch of a drug dealing dynasty in Bodmin which spanned three generations.

A car driven by Teresa's husband Michael was seen pulling up near the home after a trip from Bodmin to Torbay and a package was put inside.

It was later found by police to be £50,000 worth of heroin which was in a shopping bag full of pasties which she bought for the family's supper.

At the hearing last week Michael Wood, aged 75, was jailed for six and a half years; Teresa and grandson Jake, aged 24, were both jailed for four years. All lived at Furze Hill, Bodmin,

The couple's sons Ivan, aged 43, and Calvin, aged 41, both of Monument Way, Bodmin, were jailed for nine and six years respectively.

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