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Cocaine ring leader ran network of cross-country couriers bringing Class A into Teesside

Teesside Live logo Teesside Live 23/11/2022 Sue Kirby
Kyle Nelson who was sentenced to nine years in jail at Teesside Crown Court. © West Yorkshire Police Kyle Nelson who was sentenced to nine years in jail at Teesside Crown Court.

A leading player in a 'county lines' drugs network bringing cocaine and heroin to Teesside has been locked up for nine years.

Kyle Nelson ran dealers and couriers taking the class A drugs across the country from Manchester up as far as Inverness. Teesside Crown Court heard the network spread wide and took the substances to towns and cities, including Redcar, Darlington, Harrogate, Durham and even up to Scotland.

Nelson, 35, was one of the people caught following an investigation, led by Durham Police, and has now been locked up for his part in the operation after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

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Ian West prosecuting, told the court that Nelson, of Hardwicke Close, Acomb, York, was predominately based in Leeds, but had been seen meeting up with a drug dealer in Darlington on one occasion.

Judge Timothy Stead said it was not possible to put a figure or value on the amount of drugs that were moved over an 11-month period, but it was clear that it was a "substantial amount".

The court heard that when police raided the warehouse in Leeds they found £40,000 worth of drugs.

Nelson, who first appeared before the courts in March 2020, was believed to have a leading role in the operation, however, the court heard he did not lead a lifestyle of luxury.

Mr West said: "He never soiled his hands with actual drugs, but he got others to do that work for him. His role was to run a network of couriers supplying to street level dealers."

He said the organisation was dealing with "kilos of drugs on a wholesale level" and that Nelson was involved in buying and selling on a commercial scale.

Andrew Semple, defending Nelson, said his client is still a relatively young man, but old enough to know he is facing a lengthy prison sentence. He said he had a difficult upbringing in Manchester and became involved in criminality. He said: "It can be very hard to extract oneself from that world."

Mr Semple said Nelson is a carer for his elderly aunt and also has a young child. He said: "Whilst he has brought it upon himself, his mental health had been very much affected by the knowledge that he will be spending the early years of that child's life away from him." He said Nelson had even attempted suicide.

Judge Stead: "I find that yours was a leading role. You were directing and organising, buying and selling on a commercial scale." He sentenced Nelson to nine years in prison.

Nelson's co-accused, Thomas Cleary, 28, of Naburn Road, Leeds, failed to turn up for the hearing and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.



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