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Judge cuts back jail terms for pounds 5m drug dealers.

TWO drug dealers who plotted to supply cocaine, heroin and Ecstasy worth pounds 5m yesterday won cuts in their jail terms at the Appeal Court.

Francis Edward Kennedy, 33, of Grinshill Close, Liverpool 8, and John Morris, 44, were jailed for a combined 47 years after they were linked to a 38kg police drug seizure. Kennedy was handed 25 years at Liverpool Crown Court in February last year after he was convicted of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Morris, of north London, received 22 years for the same offence.

The Appeal Court ruled the punishments were "manifestly excessive" and cut Kennedy's term to 22 years and Morris's sentence to 20 years.

Mrs Justice Rafferty said: "Kennedy was responsible for sourcing, importation and distribution while Morris was the money man and fixer."

Police caught the pair, along with a third man who was sentenced to 22 years, as the culmination of an 18-month inquiry which involved studying the men's telephone bills, using phone listening devices and intensive surveillance.

Mrs Justice Rafferty said the haul had a street value of pounds 5.2m.

"The Class A drugs were cocaine, heroin and Ecstasy. The conspiracy was set up to enable the supply of the drugs in substantial quantities."

The judge cut the men's terms after referring to sentencing guideline cases.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 3, 2006
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