Thu. May 26th, 2022

A convicted drug dealer assaulted a man and failed to give a breath sample to police, a court heard.

But Blake Donnellan, 36, has avoided getting back in jail after receiving a community order.

Donnellan, who is originally from Manchester, was jailed ten years ago for 15 years for his part in a multi-million pound operation to smuggle cocaine to the South West, reports Plymouth Live.

Drugs with an estimated street value of £ 1 million and almost £ 100,000 in cash were seized by Devon and Cornwall Police in 2009 and 2010.

The Crown Prosecution Service said Donnellan was the ‘mover and shaker’ in the network and the link between the drugs that came down from Manchester to Plymouth and on to Cornwall.

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Donnellan escaped from an open jail after receiving a temporary license, Christmas Day 2016.

It was later revealed that while in jail, he used his Facebook page to brag about sports cars, drugs and bling.

Blake Donnellan

He had been banned from entering Devon and Cornwall for ten years by an antisocial conduct order in 2006.

Now Donnellan has been withdrawn from the courts after several offenses this summer.

He admitted assaulting a man by striking in Plymouth on 29 August.

Donnellan, who now lives in Dartmoor View, Saltash, also pleaded guilty to driving a vehicle and then failed to give a breath for analysis the same day.

Police suspected he had committed a traffic offense.

He had been meeting with city councilors early last month but failed to attend due to a suspected coronavirus.

Last week, the bench gave him an 18-month community order with 180 hours of unpaid work and conditional demands for rehabilitation activity.

He was banned from driving for 20 months, was sentenced to pay £ 50 compensation, £ 85 costs and £ 95 sacrifice allowance.

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