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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Drugs plot criminal's jail term appeal rejected

A criminal who played a key role in a huge Cumbrian drugs plot has been told that he has no grounds to complain about his 10-year-jail term imposed by a Carlisle judge.

Shabaz Choudrey, 35, was regarded by his accomplices as a “safe pair of hands” as they schemed to flood the streets with drugs worth tens of thousand of pounds.

He was part of a cocaine plot which involved one of Carlisle’s most notorious criminals, 47-year-old Aaron Giacopazzi.

Choudrey took his case to the Appeal Court in London, his lawyers arguing that his sentence was too long because he had allegedly not played a “leading role in the drugs network”.

But the appeal was rejected by three top judges.

The court heard Choudrey, of Rushton Road, Bradford, was one of the key players in a drugs ring masterminded by Giacopazzi, later jailed for 16 years.

They and their fellow gang members were netted after police launched Operation Chamonix in April 2012. Dismissing the appeal, Mr Justice Royce said the judge was “fully entitled” to reach the conclusion he did.

He added: “It was quite clear that Choudrey is an experienced dealer in class A drugs.”

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