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Three jailed over £30,000 Bedfordshire cocaine deal organised behind bars

Domenico Masciopinto Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A man who masterminded a Bedfordshire drug deal from his prison cell will be spending even longer behind bars.

Domenico Masciopinto was serving a 14-year sentence when he orchestrated the £30,000 cocaine deal, which spanned from Luton to Bedford.

He co-ordinated the deal from inside by phoning his associates, Daniel Digiacomo, 27, of Farrer Street, Kempston, and Jason West, 35, of Malthouse Green, Luton.

Digiacomo was arrested moments after officers witnessed the drug deal in a supermarket car park. Officers recovered nearly a kilo of cocaine and £29,435 in cash from both parties involved.

West was identified as the supplier of the cocaine but evaded police capture for four months.

Detectives eventually found him living in a £99-a-night luxury serviced apartment in Milton Keynes. Among the items found in the flat included around £5,000 in £50 notes and a diamond encrusted Rolex.

Masciopinto, Digiacomo and West all admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Masciopinto received a seven-year prison sentence, which will be added onto his existing term.

West received a sentence of six years and eight months, while Digiacomo was sentenced to six years.

Daniel Digiacomo Credit: Bedfordshire Police

"The success of this investigation was the result of weeks of detailed investigative work. The fact we were able to recover such a significant quantity of drugs and cash is testament to the team's hard work and ability. "The way two different criminal networks came together in pursuit of this criminal enterprise shows how drug trafficking impacts the whole of Bedfordshire. The fact Masciopinto helped arrange the deal from behind bars shows a shocking lack of remorse for his previous crime. "The amount of cash and luxury items we have seized as part of this investigation shows the scale of this criminal operation. Drug dealing was funding these lavish lifestyles and it is right the courts have imposed such harsh sentences on those involved."

– Det Insp Justin Dipper
Jason West Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Two others were also sentenced at Luton Crown Court for their roles in the criminal operation.

Kelly Imlay, 30, of Bunting Road, Luton, admitted conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

She met with West in Luton on the day of the offence, 28 September 2017, and was handed a package. She then made her way to the car park in Lurke Street, Bedford.

Imlay received a sentence of two years, suspended for two years. She will have to complete 250 hours of community service and wear an electronic tag for 12 months.

Bobbie Keet, 25, of St Peters Road, Bedford, Digiacomo's partner, was found guilty at trial of possessing criminal property and money laundering offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Keet was found by officers loading her car with expensive items from her and Digiacomo's flat a few hours after the initial arrests.

She sought to remove nearly £2,500 in cash, a number of fake Rolexes and three pairs of Louis Vuitton shoes.

She received a 12-month community order and will undertake 100 hours of unpaid work.