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drug runner Fugitive back behind bars after 23 YEARS on the run after being caught sending drugs to Ireland

Doughty broke out of HMP Littlehey in Cambridgeshire in 1999 just weeks into a nine-year sentence for selling class B drugs

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Barry Doughty was jailed for six years

Barry Doughty was jailed for six years

Barry Doughty was jailed for six years

A man who had sent drugs, including anabolic steroids, to Ireland after going on the run following his escape from prison 23 years ago is back behind bars. 

Barry Doughty (57) of Maison Dieu Road, Dover, was jailed for six years last Monday after admitting to escaping from prison and being involved in the supply of class C drugs and anabolic steroids.

Doughty, who broke out of HMP Littlehey in Cambridgeshire in 1999 just weeks into a nine-year sentence for selling class B drugs, was running the operation from his Dover home when police finally tracked him down.

Kent Police had carried out a warrant to search the property and found Doughty in the back garden.

He gave a false name but was arrested while more than 100 vials of drugs, including steroids and testosterone, were discovered.

According to police, documents showed that drugs had been sent to addresses Ireland, as well as in the UK and the US.

A police spokesman said: "Analysis of documents found at the property suggested the operation had been running since 2017 and had generated at least £80,000."

Det Sgt Minichiello, from Kent Police, said: "Doughty showed a complete disregard for the justice system by escaping from prison and committing these offences while illegally at large.

"The kind of drugs he and his associates were producing are illegal for a reason - because they are dangerous. By producing them at an unsuitable location and sending them off around the world he was putting others at danger."

Doughty was sentenced at a hearing at Canterbury Crown Court on Monday.

The court heard how Doughty was held in Huntingdon’s Category C jail for seven months after being handed a nine year sentence for selling a class B drug when he escaped.

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It was told how the windows on the cells in his wing didn’t normally have standard security bars, as “they have one bar”.

Daniel Cohen, mitigating, said Doughty regretted his decision almost immediately “but felt unable to hand himself into the authorities”.

He then worked on various jobs throughout Europe, and had not been in trouble with the law since his disappearance, Mr Cohen said.

“It was only the steroids matter which unravelled that lifestyle that he had developed,” Mr Cohen had argued. “But he was able to obtain work in various countries with a legitimate lifestyle on the run,’ he told the court.

However, Judge Simon James described Doughty as “the architect” of the operation, and ruled Doughty must serve his six-year sentence after the nine-year term he is currently serving.

In sentencing Doughty, Judge James told him: “You were the architect and organiser, responsible for set up and the recruitment of the others, who were all effectively working for you.

“The money trail demonstrates clearly that it was you who was the recipient of the lion’s share of the substantial profits which were generated.

“Your position is, however, considerably aggravated by the fact that you have previously been sentenced to nine years imprisonment for the supply of cannabis, a sentence which is indicative of you previously playing a leading role in an organised commercial enterprise. In addition these offences were all committed while you were unlawfully at large.”

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