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Man on trial accused of drugs supply role tells jury: “I’m not guilty of this”

Carlisle Crown Court

A MAN has told a jury he is “not guilty” of taking part in a drugs supply operation which did involve his dad.

Scott Roe, 30, is on trial at Carlisle Crown Court, and denies three charges alleging being concerned in the supply of cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis during January last year.

A jury has heard how police stopped a vehicle driven by his father, 56-year-old Paul Roe, on a slip road at Southwaite services, off the M6 between Carlisle and Penrith, on January 27, 2018. Illegal drugs with an estimated street value of around £7,000 were found packaged within a number of bags, and Paul Roe, of Wintermans Road, Manchester, has since admitted possessing cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis with intent to supply.

The court has heard how 13 of Scott Roe’s fingerprints were found on four layers of what the prosecution have called a “drug dealing pass-the-parcel” located in the boot of his dad’s vehicle.

But, giving evidence this morning (WED), Scott Roe told jurors: “I’m not guilty of this.”

He told how his father visited his Bank Street home in Manchester early on January 27 last year “on edge”. Paul Roe had asked for vacuum and freezer bags for an unknown purpose, and helped himself to others before leaving. Scott Roe accepted he’d handled several of the bags.

During cross-examination, prosecutor Rachel Faux suggested that explanation by Scott Roe – arrested in November – was a “load of rubbish” which he’d made up. “No I haven’t, no,” he replied. When asked if he had been involved in the packaging of drugs for onward supply, he insisted: “I haven’t.”

The trial continues.

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