‘Dangerous’ dealer facing jail time
A dealer who hounded the families of those he pedalled drugs to and tried to extort thousands from has been branded an“extremely dangerous” man.
Kevin Power is facing a lengthy jail term for a campaign of violence and intimidation in Dumbarton, Bonhill and Alexandria.
At the High Court in Glasgow last week, he was found guilty of drugs, violence and extortion offences which included him demanding £1500 from the terrified mother of one“client”and £1700 from another.
The court heard Power, 35, told his victims their homes would be damaged and he would hurt them if they did not pay up.
Speaking after Power was convicted, Detective Inspector Andrew Doherty from Clydebank CID said:“Kevin Power is an extremely dangerous individual who carried out a campaign of violence and intimidation acrossWest Dunbartonshire.
“This result puts an end to his behaviour and people will be far safer with him behind bars.
“We will not tolerate anyone who deals drugs and uses violence and extortion in our communities and officers will work tirelessly to target these criminals and bring them to justice.”
The court heard that the offences took place between January and March this year.
Power, who is in custody, was convicted of trying to obtain £1500 from the mother of one“client”and £1700 from the family of another and of assaulting them in O’Hare, Bonhill in January and February this year.
He put the mother of someone he was dealing to in a state of fear and alarm by phoning her and demanding £1500 in cash and threatening to go to her door if it was not paid. He also threatened members of another addict’s family.
JudgeTom Hughes QC told Power: “The jury heard of the absolute misery caused to individuals by the supplying of drugs.
“Not only to them but it causes horrendous difficulties to their families, who are having to put up with the problems of dealing with a family member who is an addict.
“Two of these families found themselves in difficulty because of threats you made to them.”
Power, who was also found guilty of being concerned in the supply of heroin from a property in Pappert between December 25, last year, and March 6, was told by the judge he is facing a lengthy jail sentence when he appears at the High Court in Edinburgh on October 10.