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Drugs gang 'linchpin' on the run from Sudbury Prison

Blake Donnellan Image copyright Derbyshire Police / Google
Image caption Blake Donnellan was the "mover and shaker" in a massive drugs network

A man once described as the linchpin in a massive drug-dealing network has absconded from an open prison in Derbyshire.

Blake Donnellan, 31, was serving part of a 15-year sentence at HMP Sudbury for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

He was released on temporary licence on Christmas Day but failed to return.

Donnellan, who has links to Manchester, Plymouth and Cornwall, was jailed in 2011 for his part in the operation which saw 30 people convicted.

'Mover and shaker'

In 2009 and 2010, drugs with an estimated street value of £1m and nearly £100,000 in cash were seized by police Devon and Cornwall Police.

The haul included 11,000 ecstasy tablets, 14kg of cocaine, 330g of heroin, 2kg of amphetamine and 11kg of BZP (Benzylpiperazine).

The Crown Prosecution Service said Donnellan was the "mover and shaker" in the network and the link between the drugs coming down from Manchester to the Plymouth area and onwards to Cornwall.

He is described as white, 6ft (1.8m) tall and of medium build. He has brown eyes, short dark hair and speaks with a Manchester accent.

Donnellan's last known address was in Bude in Cornwall.

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