Builder’s drug-dealing results in 13-year jail term

The original case was heard at the justice centre in Leamington Spa
The original case was heard at the justice centre in Leamington Spa

A self-employed builder has been jailed for 13 years for his drug-dealing activity.

Jason Killick had pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court to conspiring to supply cocaine, concealing £197,000 worth of criminal property and money laundering.

But Killick, 44, of The Paddocks, Warwick Road, Wolston, was convicted of all three charges following a trial which had lasted just over two weeks earlier this year.

Judge Peter Carr heard that prior to the trial Killick had admitted further charges of conspiring to supply cannabis grown at addresses in Rugby and Coventry and possessing more than 2 kilos of amphetamine with intent to supply it.

And at Birmingham Crown Court, where Judge Carr is now sitting, Killick was jailed for a total of 13 years.

Brian Wright, 47, of Galloway Mews, Rugby, who stood trial with Killick and was found guilty of supplying cocaine and possessing it with intent to supply, was jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Prosecutor Philip Bradley had said that a man called John Logue played 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 April 2011 there was a great deal of phone contact between another conspirator and Killick, mainly around the dates when consignments of cocaine were due.

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 found scales with traces of cocaine, metal pressing plates used to emboss motifs on compressed powder, and a notebook with a list of prices and trading weights of cocaine.

In the outbuilding the police also found £6,000 worth of cannabis-growing equipment, including high-powered light bulbs, transformers and extractors.

Killick and another man had earlier been seen taking bags from a house in Gunton Avenue, Coventry, and in the house police found 55 plants capable of producing £35,000 worth of canabis.

In a flat over the Bloc night club in Coventry was evidence that it had also been used for growing cannabis; and although that operation had been closed down, Killick had been seen removing equipment from the flat.

And the loft of a flat in a property owned by Killick in Railway Terrace, Rugby, had been turned into a cannabis factory where the police found 21 plants with an estimated yield worth £9,450 in street deals when they raided it in June 2012.

Wright, who was also suspected of being involved in the cocaine conspiracy, was being kept under observation in April 2012 - and when officers stopped a man leaving his home at the time in Market Street, Rugby, he had a wrap of cocaine supplied by Wright.

Wright was then arrested, and in his flat 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.

Mr Bradley said 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. These payments are the proceeds of organised crime; they are drugs money.”

To squirrel away the money, Killick paid cash into his mother’s bank account and asked her to transfer sums of money to accounts he held in the United States and Costa Rica, and to pay a $35,000 dollar deposit on a property in Costa Rica for him.