TOWIE BABE’S MAN ‘RAN DRUG GANG’ Mas­ter­mind be­hind multi mil­lion pound deals, court is told

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star Cara Kil­bey’s boyfriend made “vast prof­its” as boss of a “so­phis­ti­cated” crim­i­nal gang deal­ing in mil­lions of pounds of co­caine, a court heard.

Daniel Har­ris, 33, from They­don Bois, Es­sex, was al­legedly be­hind a three­and-a-half year plot to de­liver the Class A drugs around Lon­don on spe­cially adapted mopeds.

These were “mocked up” to make the couri­ers look “in­con­spic­u­ous” by dis­guis­ing them as trainee black cab driv­ers learn­ing “the knowl­edge”, jurors at the Old Bai­ley were told.

A “snap­shot” of the oper­a­tion pro­vided by de­crypted mes­sages showed a turnover of 45kg of co­caine worth more than £1.4mil­lion in just three weeks, the court heard.

The al­leged con­spir­acy ran from Septem­ber 2012 un­til March 2016 when po­lice swooped to ar­rest the gang af­ter bug­ging their lock-up.

Trial pros­e­cu­tor Peter Cle­ment de­scribed Har­ris as the “gang leader of the so­phis­ti­cated, long-run­ning crim­i­nal oper­a­tion” which supplied co­caine “top to bot­tom”.

He told jurors there was no dis­pute the con­spir­acy to sup­ply co­caine ex­isted, as oth­ers had al­ready pleaded guilty to their part.

Mr Cle­ment said: “The pros­e­cu­tion say that this de­fen­dant was the prin­ci­pal of that or­gan­ised crime gang. An or­gan­iser. A leader.

“Their mo­tive was sim­ple – money. Of course, by LOVERS: Har­ris and TV re­al­ity star Cara Kil­bey keep­ing it in-house they stood to max­imise their prof­its, cut­ting out third parties, mid­dle men.”

Un­em­ployed Har­ris was im­pli­cated through po­lice sur­veil­lance, phone data and elec­tronic de­vices, in­clud­ing spe­cially en­crypted Black­Ber­rys.

His “life­style” also pointed to his in­volve­ment as well as the fact that “cash and lots of it” was stashed at his home, Mr Cle­ment said.

The court heard Har­ris never got his “hands dirty” and kept the sup­ply of co­caine at “arms length”.

Har­ris de­nies con­spir­acy to sup­ply co­caine, as well as a sep­a­rate plot to sup­ply heroin in May 2015 and hav­ing crim­i­nal prop­erty in the form of bank notes.

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