Kyle Blades-Wilkinson, 21, ran the New Deal Line in Scarborough, a mobile phone that sent out “broadcasts” or bulk messages promoting cocaine for sale to addicts in the city.
The police monitored the dealer’s line and found that it was Blades-Wilkinson who sent out the transmissions.
This comes just six months after he was sentenced to a suspended prison sentence for dealing heroin and crack cocaine with the P-Line, a drug ring run by the County Lines gang that flooded Barrowcliff Manor with the potentially lethal drugs, the York Crown. The court heard.
Prosecutor Charlotte Noddings said Blades-Wilkinson, who received a suspended sentence last May, began operating on a “new deal line” in late October.
The line was discovered by police in January of this year after call data showed “message broadcasts were sent almost daily.”
Blocking messages, which were broadcast from October 31 to the end of January, informed users about the presence of drugs. In one message, Blades-Wilkinson announced to his contacts that a “power flake” was available and “get to me while you can.”
He was arrested at his home on February 1 when police found two “zombie knives”, three sets of electronic scales, dealer bags and four vehicle registration plates in his bedroom. He told police that he was in the process of paying off a £1,000 debt to another drug supplier after the car “disappeared” in the summer of 2021.
Blades-Wilkinson, of Long Walk, Scarborough, admitted to supplying class A drugs and showed up for sentencing via video link on Wednesday.
The court learned that he had two previous convictions for drug-related offenses, including conspiring with others to supply cocaine and heroin as part of the P-Line.
In April 2021, he was given a 15-month suspended prison sentence for this crime and was still subject to the order while he was running the New Dealer Line.
The original P-Line, described as a “call and fetch” system, was a conspiracy involving Blades-Wilkinson and three other Scarborough men: Benjamin Freer, 25, Bradley Taylor, 21, and 20-year-old Alfie. Bailey, who pursued vulnerable drug addicts in the city.
They aired their “dirty” trade on P-Line by sending blocked text messages during a 12-month plot from November 2019 to November 2020.
The gang sent teenagers to sell drugs and get loans on their “P-Line” phones, to which they sent more than 50 “broadcast” messages a day.
Taylor, Freer and Bailey were sentenced to 11 years in prison together. Blades-Wilkinson was the only one to be avoided in this case after the court learned that others had exploited his vulnerability “like vultures”.
Nick Peacock, softening, said that Blades-Wilkinson started trading again because he was still in debt to one of the gang members.
Judge Sean Morris, who gave Blades-Wilkinson a chance to stay out of jail after his previous conviction, told the defendant: “I am quite satisfied that you have continued where others have left off and continued your dirty work knowingly. Class A drug dealing. You had a distribution network; you sent out block messages.”
Mr Morris, York’s registrar, said he was particularly concerned about the discovery of serrated, machete-like “zombie knives” that are becoming more common in the drug underworld.
After imprisoning Blades-Wilkinson for four years and two months, he told him, “You do have some problems, (but) they don’t justify or explain your behavior.”
Blades-Wilkinson will serve half of this term behind bars, after which he will be released.