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Prisoner masterminded £30,000 cocaine deal from behind bars

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A prisoner serving a 14-year sentence for drug dealing managed to keep up his criminal career behind bars as he arranged a £30,000 cocaine deal.

Domenico Masciopinto, 38, was already serving time at HMP the Mount when he used a smuggled mobile phone to contact associates in the outside world.

It showed a shocking lack of remorse for his previous crime, police said.

He admitted his role in the deal and had an extra seven years added to his sentence at Luton Crown Court.

Bedfordshire Police undated handout photo of (left to right) Daniel Digiacomo, Domenico Masciopinto and Jason West who have been jailed at Luton Crown Court for their part in a drug dealing operation. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday December 6, 2018. See PA story COURTS Drugs. Photo credit should read: Bedfordshire Police/PA WireNOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Domenico Masciopinto in his mugshot (Picture: PA)

Bedfordshire Police undated handout photo of money seized after the arrests of Daniel Digiacomo, Domenico Masciopinto and Jason West who have been jailed at Luton Crown Court for their part in a drug dealing operation. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday December 6, 2018. See PA story COURTS Drugs. Photo credit should read: Bedfordshire Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Money seized after the arrests (Picture: PA)

Daniel Digiacomo, 27, from Bedford, and Jason West, 35, from Luton, both admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Digiacomo was sentenced to six years in prison and West was jailed for six years and eight months.

They were caught when officers from Bedfordshire Polices serious and organised crime unit interrupted a drug deal in a supermarket car park.

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West evaded capture until four months later when he was found living in a £99-a-night serviced apartment in Milton Keynes, where police seized around £5,000 in £50 notes and a diamond encrusted Rolex watch.

Bedfordshire Police undated handout photo of drugs seized after the arrests of Daniel Digiacomo, Domenico Masciopinto and Jason West who have been jailed at Luton Crown Court for their part in a drug dealing operation. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday December 6, 2018. See PA story COURTS Drugs. Photo credit should read: Bedfordshire Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Drugs seized in the operation (Picture: PA)

Bedfordshire Police undated handout photo of (left to right) Daniel Digiacomo, Domenico Masciopinto and Jason West who have been jailed at Luton Crown Court for their part in a drug dealing operation. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday December 6, 2018. See PA story COURTS Drugs. Photo credit should read: Bedfordshire Police/PA WireNOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Daniel Digiacomo who has been jailed at Luton Crown Court (Picture: PA)

Detective Inspector Justin Dipper said: The fact Masciopinto helped arrange the deal from behind bars shows a shocking lack of remorse for his previous crime.

Digiacomos partner Bobbie Keet, 25, of St Peters Road, Bedford, 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 including £2,500 in cash, a number of fake Rolexes and three pairs of Louis Vuitton shoes hours after the initial arrests.

Bedfordshire Police undated handout photo of (left to right) Daniel Digiacomo, Domenico Masciopinto and Jason West who have been jailed at Luton Crown Court for their part in a drug dealing operation. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday December 6, 2018. See PA story COURTS Drugs. Photo credit should read: Bedfordshire Police/PA WireNOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Jason West was also part of the deal (Picture: PA)

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

Kelly Imlay, 30, of Bunting Road, Luton, met with West on the day of the drug deal and was handed a package by him, police said.

She admitted conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and was given a sentence of two years in prison suspended for two years.

She will also have to complete 250 hours of community service and wear an electronic tag for 12 months.

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