TWO men accused of being part of a drugs dealing gang based at Gloucester’s All Nations Club both decided not to take the stand at Gloucester Crown Court.
Delroy McFarlane, 47, of Melbourne Street East, Gloucester, and Wensdale Johnson, 34, deny being part of a conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine around the Chase Lane club between January and September last year.
Prosecutor Robin Shellard told the jury McFarlane was the gang’s ringleader and although he was not found in possession of the drugs, phone evidence linked him to the gang.
He said: “The higher up in the chain the less likely you are to handle the merchandise, and that is true for drug dealing as it is if you work for Tesco.”
He said a police search of McFarlane’s home revealed evidence of his “profits of misery” with the discovery of scales and cash.
“It is unfortunate that a man who that loves baking so much has to put his scales hidden in the bathroom – I don’t think Paul Hollywood does that in the Great British Bake Off,” he told the jury.
He questioned how a man with no visible income, could afford to spend £3,000 on furniture from one store and had £1,750 in cash at his home.
Gilbert Samuels, 43, of Campion Close and Grevon McInnis, 32, of Beaumont Walk in Gloucester have both admitted the offences.
But Mr Shellard said they were merely the dealers with McFarlane, who was previously jailed for six years for similar offences, “lurking in the background in his silver Lexus” as the overseer.
But defending Kevin Cobham said the phone that police used to link McFarlane to the rest of the gang did not belong to him and he used the club merely to play dominos.
Mr Shellard said unlike McFarlane, Johnson was “once a law abiding man, who fell among rogues who dangled carrots of money above him”.
The court heard during the investigation police raided Johnson’s homes in both Falkner Street and Diamond Jubilee Close and discovered packages of drugs stashed in nearby hedges.
“He is either a drug dealer or the unluckiest person in Gloucester,” the prosecutor said.
He also questioned how the unemployed ex-soldier managed to send nearly £6,000 to Jamaica.
Johnson further denies possessing crack cocaine and heroin with intent to supply on November 13, last year.
The trial continues.