Dealer started peddling cocaine to clear his mum’s £20k debt to gangland kingpin

A jailed drug dealer's son entered the trade in an attempt to pay off his mum's £20,000 debt to a narcotics kingpin.

Kieron Dakers explained he started selling cocaine and cannabis to pay back a gangster on his mother's behalf, after threats were made to his family.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Dakers' criminal activity was intended to clear his mum's debts since she was unable to do so herself, ChronicleLive reports.

When his then-home on Thornton Court, Newcastle, was raided by police last January, Dakers told officers that there was a "canny bit" of cocaine in the house.

Officers found 145 0.2g bagged deals of cocaine worth £2,900, four sets of digital scales and a small amount of cannabis.

They also recovered a gas-powered BB gun, two lock knives and a knuckle duster, although he was not charged with anything in relation to them.

An examination of Dakers' phone revealed daily drug dealing activity, a debtors list, adverts for drugs and videos of cannabis and pots containing a white substance along with white wraps.

Dakers' partner, Chloe Smith's Facebook messages indicated she had been involved in passing a small number of people on to Dakers to be supplied with cannabis.

Dakers, 23, of Souter Road, Coxlodge, Newcastle, who has 13 previous convictions, pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to supply, offering to supply cannabis and possessing cannabis and was jailed for two years four months.

Judge Edward Bindloss told him: "Your mother got involved in supplying drugs with an unsavoury character and was sent to prison for 18 months. You were told she had a £20,000 debt.

"You decided to supply class A drugs to pay of the debt.

"That was wholly misguided of you but I accept it puts you in a slightly different position from standard drug dealers trying to obtain money for themselves."

Smith, 21, of Kinross Drive, Kenton, Newcastle, admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis and was given a community order.

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Glenn Gatland, for Dakers, said: "His mother was told she owed £20,000 and Mr Dakers assumed responsibility for trying to pay that to protect his mother and his grandparents because there were threats to them.

"When she was released she was told she would still have the debt to pay and threats were made to Mr Daker's grandmother about setting fire to her house.

"He was pleased about the police raid because it gave him a reason to stop dealing drugs."

Mr Gatland said the couple have now had a baby and Dakers has been keeping out of trouble to focus on being a dad.

Rachel Hedworth, for Smith, said: "She was involved through a degree of naivety.

"She is remorseful and doesn't have any previous convictions."

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