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