Dad denies drugs link

A DAD-OF-TWO has told a jury that he has “never ever” had any involvement with drugs – or indeed with a Hartlepool network.

Daniel Weegram denies conspiracy to supply class A drug cocaine and class B drugs amphetamine and cannabis between March 7 and September 7 last year.

Weegram has admitted having telephone conversations and sharing text messages with town men Adam Wilson and Craig Wilson.

The two men have already been convicted for their part in dealing drugs from two houses in Hutton Avenue.

But the 26-year-old says his contact with the pair was purely work-related, and the fact that he had known Adam Wilson since he was just

12-years-old.

Prosecutors have told Teesside Crown Court that Weegram was spotted in the car of one of the convicted drug bosses, and that he was with the two ringleaders and three other men, also convicted for their involvement with the drugs operation, at the plush Malmaison Hotel in Newcastle.

But Weegram said he often travelled around the country with Adam Wilson and Craig Wilson - who are not related - for flooring work commitments to places like Leicester, Manchester, Liverpool and London. This was due to Weegram and Adam Wilson being employed as floor fitters by Craig Wilson.

Weegram was also employed in an office manager’s role at Craig Wilson’s taxi firm HODA, based on the Sadngate Industrial Estate, in Hartlepool, which was another reason for their mobile phone contact, the court was told.

The defendant also said that when he was at the Malmaison, he was not just with the drug conspirators, but had taken along his best friend - who has nothing to do with the case.

He said he and his mate had their own night out “among” Craig Wilson and the rest of the gang - two of whom he hardly spoke to - and even shared a room with his pal.

Weegram told the court: “I’ve never ever had any involvement to do with drugs and I was not involved with this.”

When asked by defence barrister Jonathan Devlin how he felt when he discovered the others were embroiled in the drugs ring, he replied: “I was very angry, I felt misled by Adam and Craig.”

Weegram, of Templeton Close, Hartlepool, denies conspiracy to supply class A drug cocaine, and class B drugs amphetamine and cannabis between March 7 and September 7 last year.

The trial continues.