‘Dan­ger­ous’ dealer fac­ing jail time

Lennox Herald - - NEWS -

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.

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