A pair of drug dealers have been jailed for selling heroin and cocaine at a picnic area on the Tarka Trail.
Richard Longa and Ricky Dutton were caught when police were alerted by walkers using path between Torrington and Bideford to the suspicious activities of the two men.
They mounted a pincer operation in which officers trapped the two men by approaching from both directions at once and Longa fled into undergrowth when he saw them.
A tracker dog was brought in to flush him out and a specialist drugs dog was deployed to find the packets of drugs which he and Dutton had hidden under moss near the memorial to a crashed World War Two bomber.
They were jailed for a total of five and a half years as a Judge said the people of the West Country would not tolerate dealers coming into the region to sell class A drugs.
The two men were released on bail but caught two days later staying at a house at Woolsery which they were using as their drug dealing base.
Congolese refugee Longa, 21, of Sycamore Road, Reading, denied possession of heroin and cocaine with intent to supply but was found guilty at a trial in January. Dutton, 20, of Blagdon Road, Reading, admitted the same offences.
Longa was jailed for three years and Dutton for two and a half by Judge John Neligan at Exeter Crown Court.
He told them: "You came from the Reading area armed with a quantity of heroin and cocaine which you intended to supply to the inhabitants of North Devon.
"It is the role of the courts to ensure that people who come to the West Country to supply class A drugs are hit pretty hard by way of sentence.
"This was a pretty half-baked operation but it is something which the people of this area are keen to stamp out. There must be prison sentences because you both played a significant role."
Nigel Wraith, for the prosecution, said police were called to the Tarka Trail in May 2010 and trapped the men by moving in from both sides of them at once.
Longa was arrested at the scene and ten wraps of heroin recovered from where he hid them as he fled. Dutton was not arrested until later when it became clear he had dumped ten wraps of cocaine.
The two men were arrested two days later when police found them both in bed together at Alma Villa in Woolsery. Cut out plastic bags, scales, a spoon and more drugs were found.
A total of £576 worth of drugs and £540 cash were seized in the two operations.
Longa's trial was told he denied dealing in drugs and said he had gone to the Tarka Trail to smoke cannabis and chill out. He is a refugee who has since spent 17 months in an immigration detention centre.
Terry McGuinness, for the defence, said Dutton has learned from his mistake and wants to start a new life as a builder.