Crown looking to claw back £82k from man who turned to dealing drugs to pay debt

The Crown wants to recover £82,000 from a Perthshire man after he turned drug dealer for a serious organised crime gang.

But suggested dates to hear evidence in a Proceeds of Crime action raised against first offender David Kiddy are not suitable for the prosecution, Perth Sheriff Court was told.

July 8 and 9 had been set aside but a further pre-proof hearing has now been fixed for July 7 when acceptable dates will be fixed for all parties.

Kiddy, of Main Street, Invergowrie, was jailed for 12 months last year after a police surveillance operation in central Perth.

It led to officers seizing almost 250 grammes of cocaine, with a maximum street value of £25,000, after stopping a van in broad daylight.

Kiddy, an electrician, was the driver of the vehicle, pulled over in the Canal Street drugs bust on July 20, 2018.

Now the prosecution want to claw back cash it is alleged he accumulated through his dishonest activities.

He admitted being involved in the supply of the class A drug. The charge indicated that the drugs seizure had been aggravated by a “connection with serious organised crime.”

The court was told that the vehicle was taken to Perth Police HQ where it was searched and a black, knotted bag containing a quantity of white powder was recovered.

Inside it was a clear plastic zip sealed bag containing white powder.

Biological analysis of the items showed Kiddy’s DNA being present on the plastic bag and the zip lock fastener.

The white powder was later analysed by forensic chemists and it proved to be 249.16 grammes of cocaine with an illicit value of between £12,450 and £24,900.

Perth lawyer David Holmes told the court that his client had taken cocaine and had subsequently accumulated a drug debt.

“Instead of seeking help from his parents, who would have been only too pleased to assist, he was given an option to write off that debt.”

He initially refused but then agreed.

He was embarrassed to tell his parents and didn’t want them to know the position he had got himself into.

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