A man said to have made more from drug dealing than his job as a handyman squirreled away his illegal profits by moving cash through his mother’s account, a jury has heard.
Jason Killick’s mother Susan Southern then used the money for the deposit on a property in Costa Rica and to make transfers to accounts he held in foreign banks, it is alleged.
Killick, 44, of The Paddocks, Warwick Road, Wolston, has pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court to concealing £197,000 worth of criminal property.
And he and Southern, 63, of Avondale Road, Brandon, have denied being concerned in money-laundering.
Prosecutor Philip Bradley told the jury the charges were the third part of a case which involved the alleged supply of cocaine in the Rugby area.
Killick and Brian Wright, 47, of Market Street, Rugby, have both denied conspiring to supply cocaine between September 2010 and June 2012, and Wright also denies supplying cocaine and possessing it with intent to supply in April 2012.
Mr Bradley said the evidence against Killick, a self-employed handyman, and Wright principally arose from their phone contact with other men who were supplying cocaine in Rugby.
In November 2011 men including John Logue and Khurum Janjua were tried for conspiring to supply drugs in Rugby.
Logue had continued playing a leading role in a conspiracy to supply cocaine, even after being arrested and remanded in custody in November 2010.
The conspiracy involved the ordering and collection of cocaine from Oldham and Sheffield, and there were eight deliveries of the drug to be sold on the streets of Rugby.
Between Logue’s arrest and the end of April 2011 there was a large amount of phone contact between another conspirator, Russell Kirby, and Killick and Wright, mainly around the dates when consignments of cocaine were being collected.
Logue was also in touch with Killick from his prison cell, and Mr Brandley said: “The prosecution case is that that sequence of calls cannot be explained away by coincidence.”
Before Logue’s arrest Killick was his most regularly contacted associate, apart from Logue’s sister and partner, and after the arrest Killick’s contact switched more to Kirby.
When Killick was arrested 2 kilos of amphetamine was found in two blocks in a large outbuilding at the home he shares with his long-term partner.
He said he was storing the larger block for a friend, and that the smaller block was for his own use, and he would mix it with an adulterant in a smoothie mixer before using it.
But the mixer contained traces not of amphetamine, but of cocaine and the adulterant benzocaine.
Officers also found scales with traces of cocaine and metal pressing plates which are used to emboss motifs on compressed powder.
A notebook found in Killick’s bedroom had a list of prices and what appeared to be trading weights of cocaine.
“As to Mr Wright, the prosecution case is that his role was to supply the drugs on the streets when they got there. He was a trusted member of the team, and his number was stored in the phones recovered from Logue, Janjua and Kirby.
“As with Mr Killick, his calls with Kirby appeared to peak at the time of cocaine deliveries.”
On April 2012 the police were observing Wright and stopped a man who was found to have a wrap of cocaine on him.
“The prosecution case is that Mr Wright supplied that wrap of cocaine,” said Mr Bradley.
Wright was then arrested, and at his home officers found a blender with traces of white powder in it, scales, a tin of small re-sealable bags and cocaine worth more than £1,000.
“The prosecution case is that it was not for personal use, but for selling on,” said Mr Bradley, who pointed out that one of the amounts of cocaine found there was from the same batch as that found from the man who the police had stopped.
Mr Bradley said the final part of the case involved Killick and his mother Southern.
Killick’s declared income as a self-employed builder/handyman was obtained from HMRC and amounted to £89,392 over a period from, 2003 to 2012.
“During the period investigated, £286,411 went into his bank accounts. This amounted to £197,000 more than his declared income. The prosecution case is that these payments are the proceeds of organised crime; they are drugs money.”
Mr Bradley posed the question: “What does that have to do with his mum?
“The allegation against Susan Southern is that she concerned herself in the payment of a deposit on a property in Costa Rica, knowing or suspecting it involved her son’s criminal property; and she was similarly concerned in the transfer of other monies from the UK.”
There was also a record of around £13,000 being paid into Southern’s account between October 2006 and April 2007 when a further £5,000 in cash was paid in.
And at the end of the month a $35,000 payment was made as the deposit on a property in Costa Rica.
Killick also put other large sums of cash into his mother’s account, and she then transferred similar amounts to accounts he held in the United States and Costa Rica.
“That money was being put through those accounts as a conduit for payments because it meant Mr Killick, in his eyes, had a better chance of squirreling away the proceeds of his crime,” added Mr Bradley. The trial continues.