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Three generations of Bodmin family jailed for trafficking heroin

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: April 17, 2013

  • Three generations of Bodmin family jailed for trafficking heroin

  • JAILED: Michael Wood – jailed for six and a half years.

  • JAILED: Teresa Wood – jailed for four years.

  • JAILED: Ivan Wood – jailed for nine years.

  • JAILED: Calvin Wood – jailed for six years.

  • JAILED: Jake Wood – jailed for four years.

  • HOME TERRITORY: Furze Hill, Bodmin, where Michael, Jake and Teresa Woods lived.

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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.

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.

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  • Wazzamatter  |  April 23 2013, 7:02PM

    @ Gurnards_Head I don't know where you got your information from, but there have only been about 7, may be 8 murders in Bodmin over the last 30 years. This certainly doesn't mean it "has one of the highest per capita murder rates in the UK".

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  • Wazzamatter  |  April 23 2013, 6:53PM

    Please don't believe the media stories of the Wood family being a "Cornish family". They most certainly are NOT Cornish.The Wood family moved to Bodmin from Cheltenham 15 years ago.

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  • jordi20012002  |  April 18 2013, 1:05AM

    Whilst I am glad these I have been caught and have been removed from Bodmin and Cornwall I can't help but think these sentences are very light for the amount of heroin they have bought into the county. Good behaviour will see most of this lot back on the streets in a couple of years, todays justice system is a sad state of affairs!

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  • Charlespk  |  April 17 2013, 9:33PM

    Just the threat of a jail term deters 'nice' people from crime, so obviously something far more draconian is needed to deter the 'nasty' people. . Or is that too logical for a politician?

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  • max5500  |  April 17 2013, 7:14PM

    you've nailed it Gurnards_Head. The Heartlands project, for example: I know that a deal was done where by Cornwall County Council would be receiving problem families from Liverpool and Manchester and placing them in the newly built homes. These are the kind of things the extremely well paid CCC chiefs get paid to allow. Consider that when paying your council tax.

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  • josdave  |  April 17 2013, 7:00PM

    Oh for the days when a ten year sentence meant ten years inside. If they are only going to spend half the time in jail double the sentence so they serve the due time.

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  • max5500  |  April 17 2013, 1:55PM

    all of them out in less than 4 years on good behavior. another fine example of the rewards far outweighing the risks in Britain.

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  • Gurnards_Head  |  April 17 2013, 1:49PM

    Bodmin is for a small country town notorious for its crime rate much of it drug related, it apparently has one of the highest per capita murder rates in the UK. Could this in some way be influenced by the introduction of problem families from inner cities who have helped fuel Bodmins dramatic population rise in recent years?

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