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MetiNews.Com - Karl Pettitt from Hull flooded the streets of Yorkshire with drugs
Breaking News ! A drugs kingpin who used his antiques business as a front for his cocaine empire that flooded the streets of Yorkshire has been jailed. Karl Pettitt, 52, was at the top of a criminal pyramid that had cocaine imported into the UK from Colombia and onto the streets of Yorkshire. He used the drug money to fund his "extravagant" lifestyle and pay for "expensive designer clothing", a court heard on May 14. The offender "convinced" people that he was a "legitimate businessman" while selling drugs to the "most vulnerable in our society". To get the latest email updates from Yorkshire Live, click here. A court was told how Pettit, from Hull, "manipulated" people and "exploited their vulnerabilities" to leave a "trail of debt and misery behind him". Appearing in the dock at Hull Crown Court on May 14 he was sentenced to 15 years behind bars after being found guilty of conspiracy to supply class A drugs. Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Chief Inspector Simon Vickers said: “Pettitt was clearly living beyond his means since being released from prison for previous drugs offences in 2016.
. "His income seemingly coming from an antique business initially in Hull’s trendy Humber Street and then in Beverley’s up-market North Bar Within. Enter your postcode to see crimes reported in your area
“He manipulated people and exploited their vulnerabilities, leaving a trail of debt and misery behind him. "I know that Karl Pettitt’s activities have seriously impacted on the lives of those he came into contact with. "I hope that this sentence will give some comfort to this community and offers a deterrent to those who believe they can prosper from a life of criminality. "Pettitt, clearly convinced so many people that he was a legitimate businessman while continuing to fund his lifestyle by selling drugs to the most vulnerable in our society. “Locking up criminals like Karl Pettitt is what we come to work for.”
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