Cumbria Crack

Carlisle man who denies part in drugs plot tells jury: “I am certainly not a criminal”

Carlisle Crown Court

A CARLISLE man who denies being part of a county lines drugs supply conspiracy has told a jury he is “certainly not a criminal”.

Daniel Brennan, 32, is one of three people who deny involvement in a major plot which, the city’s crown court has heard, saw crack cocaine and heroin trafficked by gang members from the Liverpool area to Cumbria last year.

Thirteen people admit conspiracy to supply class A drugs. But Carlisle resident Brennan, along with a woman and a 19-year-old man denies that charge, and are on trial.

This morning (WED), as Brennan gave evidence for a second day, he was cross-examined by prosecutor Tim Evans.

Brennan admitted going to a house in Longtown on November 2 with a conspirator who said he wanted to retrieve clothing from inside. That address had been occupied by a woman who also admits involvement in the conspiracy, and who was held in custody by police that day.

Brennan – who admitted climbing into the property through an open front window – denied going there to see if there was anything “incriminating” inside.

“You knew it was drugs-related and conspiracy-related, didn’t you,” suggested Mr Evans.

“No,” replied Brennan.

The defendant said to jurors of the conspiracy: “I have been roped into it. I am nothing to do with it. I have no interest in it at all.”

He admitted he had been a drug addict who used heroin and crack cocaine. But Brennan insisted: “I am certainly not a criminal.”

The trial continues.

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