The serious order, granted for two Devon drugs gang members, is a first for Devon and Cornwall Police.

A Holsworthy man has been served a serious crime prevention order for his involvement in an Exeter drug gang - a first for Devon and Cornwall Police.

Richard Armitage, 33, of Week St Mary, Holsworthy, was jailed for five years, three months alongside his partner in crime Bret Seldon (also known as Bret Burgress), 33, of Briary Court, Exeter.

They were convicted by Exeter Crown Court in April for conspiracy to supply amphetamine following a successful covert policing operation by the Zephyr anti-crime unit.

Following the convictions, investigating officers under Zephyr applied for Serious Crime Prevention Orders which were successfully granted at Exeter Crown Court on Wednesday.

The orders last for five years and mean on release from prison, Armitage and Seldon will be monitiored to ensure they do not re-enter the drugs trade.

Any breach of the SCPO is a criminal offence and punishable by up to five years imprisonment or an unlimited fine.

Following the hearing, DS Rob Youngman said: “Seldon and Armitage were controlling the commercial supply of drugs from Liverpool and Slough and did so to fund their lavish lifestyles, which included high performance vehicles, clothing, gadgets and gambling.

“They were organising the mixing of drugs to maximise their profit and would use others to sell these drugs.

“These orders are a first for Devon and Cornwall Police and demonstrate how local policing, regional organised crime units and the Crown Prosecution Service will work together to ensure people involved in serious and organized criminality are heavily restricted in key areas upon their release from serving lengthy custodial sentences.”