A Sidmouth man has admitted helping to run a drugs ring which operated in East Devon for more than a year.

Philip Fallows, aged 35, of Cotmaton Road, pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to supply cocaine when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court.

A charge of money laundering was dropped because the transfer of cash from the sale of drugs formed part of his involvement in the conspiracy, which ran between June 2021 and September last year.

Fallows will be sentenced at the end of a trial which is scheduled for February 2024 and will involve several of the other 14 people who were allegedly involved.

They are all accused of conspiracy or other drug charges and come from Ottery St Mary, Sidford, Sidmouth, Exmouth, Crediton, Salisbury, Cornwall and Hertfordshire.

Judge Stephen Climie released Fallows on conditional bail and told him he may be subject to an investigation under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Mr Joss Ticehurst, prosecuting, said the money laundering count is no longer being pursued and there is no need for a trial in Fallows’s case.

Mr Lee Bremridge, defending, said a probation report is not needed because the sentence is likely to be immediate custody.