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Man accused of role in Carlisle cocaine plot told police: “I’ve done nothing wrong”

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] JURY has heard that a man accused of playing a part in a Carlisle cocaine supply plot told police: “I have done nothing wrong.”

Gurparshad Singh Rothore, 23, is on trial at the city’s crown court. He denies two charges which allege conspiracy to supply class A cocaine, from January 1 to November 2 last year, and possession of criminal property (cash).

Jurors have heard Rothore’s Audi A4 convertible was stopped on the M6 southbound on November 1. He was transporting a passenger who was earlier seen to leave the vehicle briefly in the Denton Holme area of Carlisle before returning.

Police who stopped the Audi found £8,970 in a jacket. Fingerprints belonging to the passenger, Jose Mboma, 21, and a Carlisle man, Marc Eric Libby, were found on the money and a plastic bag, the court heard.

Rothore, of Street Lane, Leeds, was said to have told an officer: “I have done nothing wrong. He (Mboma) rang me two days ago and asked me to take him to Carlisle to collect money and see his girlfriend.”

Mboma, of Green Pasture Close, Leeds; 27-year-old Libby, of Shaddongate; and a third man, 23-year-old Brendan Laverick, of Caslin Way, also Carlisle, have each admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine. Mboma also admits possession of criminal property.

The trial continues.

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