One of the men accused of being involved in a Grantham-based drugs supply gang had previously been employed by the man described as head of the operation, a jury heard.
Stuart Frazier, following his arrest, admitted to police that he knew Jonathan Ferry and had previously worked for him selling cars.
Frazier told officers: “He had a car lot down Wharf Road. I went down there selling cars at fifty quid a car.
“I’ve known him, for years and years but I didn’t sort of have anything to do with him until he asked me to sell cars.”
Frazier said that both he and Paul Hull, who has admitted conspiracy to supply drugs, sold cars for Ferry but both of them were laid off at Christmas 2013. Frazier added that he then ran a café for six months but trade was poor.
When asked whether he used drugs, Frazier responded: “No. I don’t. I don’t do nothing. I’ve got a bad heart.”
The jury was told that Frazier was arrested at the home of another defendant Jamie Darby after police raided the property to find both men inside along with drugs.
Frazier told officers that he had simply gone to the house in Princess Drive, Grantham, after being invited in for a cup of tea and was not involved in the drugs trade.
Darby, the jury was told, said to police that he went on the school run and arrived home to find a stash of drugs had been dropped off at his house.
The jury heard that Darby told officers that Frazier came in the house.
“I didn’t know what he was doing. I just sat in the front room saying I didn’t want anything to do with it. My wife died last year from an overdose and I don’t have anything to do with drugs.”
“He’s a big bloke. The people he hangs around with are nutters.”
Five men are on trial accused of involvement in the supply of drugs. James Straw, 50, of Petersmith Drive, New Ollerton, Newark; Stuart Frazier, 54, of Princess Drive, Grantham; Jamie Darby, 39, of Princess Drive, Grantham; Anthony Morton, 27, of Tamar Court, Grantham; and Adam Gill, 29, of South Parade, Grantham; all deny charges of conspiracy to supply drugs between January 1 and October 23, 2014.
The jury has been told that eight men and one woman have admitted charges of conspiracy to supply drugs between the same dates. They are Jonathan Paul Ferry, 46, of Larch Close, Grantham; Paul Hull, 47, of Grantley Street, Grantham; Adam Higgs, 24, of Shaw Road, Grantham; Ashley Toulson, 27, of Edward Street, Grantham; Tyrone Sly, 45, of Bye Path Road, Retford; Ryan Anderson, 30, of Walmer Street, Gorton, Manchester; Martin Cooper,30, formerly of Grantham; Francesca Moynihan, 22, of Hawthorn Drive, Salford; and Luke Smith, 30, of Goulden Street, Salford.