Double life of BT engineer and volunteer who by night was a cocaine and heroin dealer

The court heard during lockdown Wilson worked as a volunteer delivering food (Image: Liverpool ECHO)

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A BT engineer who led a double life as an Encrochat drug dealer bragged in text messages about how much cocaine he was selling.

Daniel Wilson was a BT engineer who also volunteered to deliver medication and food for the elderly and vulnerable during lockdown, reports the Liverpool Echo.

However, the cracking of the Encrochat encrypted messaging service used by criminals revealed he was also supplying cocaine, heroin and cannabis across the UK.

During his trial at Liverpool Crown Court, Wilson – using the username 'Normalair' – would discuss the price of cocaine with other dealers and on one occasion boasted: “my mate from the over the water will be cheaper always 10/10 Colo”.

In another message to a dealer, Wilson bragged “I’ve been doing three – five a week. Work's been decent…”, meaning he had dealt between three and five kilograms of cocaine in one week.

When asked what "stamps" of cocaine he had dealt Wilson replied “d1, patek ones, LV, Chanel been decent..Rolex was not as good..”.

Daniel Wilson was a BT engineer
(Image: Liverpool ECHO)

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In another message Wilson, talking about the quality of cocaine, said: "My pal in Dubai should be getting them weekend/early next week. Lovely ones mates..10/10".

Prosecuting, Charles Lander explained that police were able to identify Wilson as the user of the handle after he sent another Encrochat user a picture of himself in his garden and wrote "Cheers brother".

Police raided Wilson's Wirral home on March 16 this year, where they found £1,753.49 in cash in his bedroom, a set of scales and two bags of cocaine weighing 33.63g and 10.07g respectively.

Officers also discovered just under one kilogram of cannabis, worth up to £14,865, stashed under the seat of Wilson's Range Rover.

Philip Astbury, defending, said Wilson had an "impressive work record" but following a bereavement became addicted to gambling which "spiralled out of control".

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Mr Astbury said despite his work record Wilson used loan sharks and fell into debt, which he was then given the opportunity to pay back through drug dealing.

He said there was a "certain amount of bravado and exaggeration" with the amounts of drugs he told others he dealt.

The court heard that during lockdown Wilson worked as a volunteer delivering food and medication to the vulnerable and elderly – around the same time he bragged about his kilogram cocaine deals on EncroChat.

Wilson, of Silverbeech Road, Poulton, Wirral, admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine, heroin and cannabis and conspiracy to convert criminal property.

He also admitted possession with intent to supply cocaine and cannabis and possession of criminal property following the raid at his home.

The judge, Recorder David O'Mahony, said: "The prosecution accepts you may have exaggerated on occasions."

The judge added that he did seem to have built up trust with others as "someone who could source these multi kilogram amounts".

Recorder O'Mahony confirmed the accepted amounts of drugs Wilson dealt were five kilograms of cocaine, two kilograms of heroin and six kilograms of cannabis.

Wilson laundered £260,000 worth of money, the court heard.

The judge jailed Wilson for seven years and eight months on Monday, June 7.

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