The ‘commercial scale’ drug operation stretched the length of Cornwall

Three men who between them transported tens of thousands of pounds of Class A drugs across Cornwall have been jailed. Robert Scott and Stefan Paull, both 27, packaged cocaine and heroin in Saltash before posting or transporting them to Penzance where they were sold by Bradley Congdon, 38.

Paull and Scott, from Saltash, and Congdon, from Penzance but who has since moved to Redruth, all appeared at Truro Crown Court to be sentenced after pleading guilty to two charges of conspiracy to supply drugs class A and transfer of criminal property.

Continuing the case, Sally Daulton described how the business operated from 2018 to 2020 and consisted of Scott sending drugs to Penzance, Paull helping with the preparation and transfer and Congdon receiving the drugs and selling them at the level from the street.

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She said: ‘It was through Stefan Paull that the police were first informed. He was arrested in Penzance when police attended an address on an unrelated matter and at the address found cocaine, diamorphine and a cutting agent. He also had £3,315 in cash on him.

Paull was released under investigation, but shortly afterwards it was discovered that he had purchased a cutting agent from a Polish company which had been sent to addresses in Saltash and Penzance. Congdon was arrested three times for dealing drugs in Penzance and was therefore linked to Paull and Scott. The first time, Congdon had a number of envelopes on him and more in his room, worth a total of thousands of pounds.

Five days later, Congdon was arrested again, and while the police were arresting him, a cell phone kept ringing. Judge Robert Linford questioned why the police bailed out Congdon every time when he went straight back to delinquency.

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Ms Daulton explained how forensic analysis showed the drugs sold by Congdon were linked to Paull and Scott, with envelopes bearing Scott and Paull’s DNA. A parcel sent from the Saltash Post Office to an address linked to Congdon in Penzance contained 130 diamorphine envelopes and 151 cocaine envelopes worth over £5,000.

Of this amount, Scott’s DNA was found on some packaging and Paull’s on the cling film. The return address for the package was Scott’s address in Saltash. The address in Penzance to which the package was sent was searched and documents and bank cards for Paull and Congdon were found.

Bradley Congdon

Ms Daulton then told the court how phone evidence showed a large number of calls and messages between the defendants and how Paull and Congdon regularly paid money and sent it to Scott. There were also a number of large payments to four women.

Representing Scott, who was on a suspended sentence for trafficking, Jason Beal said he had been badly beaten and taken drugs, which he soon found he couldn’t fund his habit and turned to drug dealing. It was from there that his hedonistic lifestyle and spending grew.

Rupert Taylor, for Paull, said he was a middleman and was in the business of funding his own addiction. He said Paull had a brighter future once released.

Judith Constable described how Congdon was doing well in life, doing an apprenticeship and working as a juggler at the Eden Project before developing mental health issues and being severed. After that, he was attacked and had his ear ripped off, which led to drug addiction. She added that he was at the bottom of the chain in terms of infractions.

At sentencing, Judge Robert Linford said it was “the commercial supply of Class A drugs”. He sentenced Scott to five years and eight months in prison, Paull to three years and Congdon to 28 months.

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