He seemed to be a pillar of the community but his secret was revealed after flight to Ibiza

Karlos Escoffery
-Credit: (Image: Merseyside Police)

To many who knew him, Karlos Escoffery was a community minded businessman who would always lend a listening ear and strap on his training shoes for charity.

Not only could he regularly be found completing marathons to raise funds for good causes, his popular running club attracted dozens of participants to Sefton Park each week. But the dad held a secret which was revealed after he and his mates were arrested boarding a flight to Ibiza, and ultimately led to him being handed a lengthy prison sentence this week.

Liverpool Crown Court heard Escoffery, David Bradley and Dylan Adams had operated their own drug trafficking "trade society" on encrypted communications platform EncroChat, with each also "running their own businesses, acting as wholesalers or commodity brokers" and supplying to one another. They then sold onwards to their own respective customers, who were based as far afield as Scotland.

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Alex Langhorn, prosecuting, described how Adams, of Cadogan Street in Wavertree, used the handles "WirelessDove" and "BusyMint". Messages revealed when the network was infiltrated by the French police during 2020 showed the 34-year-old's involvement in discussions to supply 17kg of cocaine, 10kg of heroin and 100kg of cannabis.

Escoffery, of the Scholes in St Helens, meanwhile went by the pseudonym "MuckyMouth". The 50-year-old's communications showed agreements to traffic around 24kg of cocaine and 24.5kg of heroin.

David Bradley, of Peckmill Green in Netherley, used the account "FrostyFinger". The 38-year-old was shown to have discussed the supply of 77kg of cocaine, 4.75kg of heroin, 54.5kg of cannabis and 2kg of amphetamine using the "WhatsApp for criminals".

All three were arrested at Manchester Airport as they were about to board a Jet2 flight to Ibiza in September last year. Adams was found in possession of a quantity of cash while Bradley was carrying €6,000, £460 and a Rolex watch.

David Bradley
David Bradley -Credit:Merseyside Police

A further £51,222 was discovered during a subsequent search of his house. Escoffery was found with cash and an Oris pilot's watch when he was detained, with monies totalling £2,000 seized from his home address.

He has a total of 14 previous convictions for 32 offences, including being jailed for 46 months for possession of class A drugs with intent to supply in 2001. Damian Nolan, defending, told the court: "The conviction which is immediately relevant is of significant age.

"He had changed his life around markedly from that last significant conviction. His legitimate business showed a downturn, and he sought refuge in quite significant criminal conduct.

"He has dedicated, on many occasions, his time to helping those less fortunate than himself. He has raised a lot of money for charity through running and marathons.

"He has also helped many people who deal with poor mental health. It is something he has suffered from himself in the past.

"References from a broad church of people are consistent with that. Hopefully, the court recognises that there is another side to him."

Karlos Escoffery
Karlos Escoffery -Credit:Merseyside Police

Further evidence of his good deeds in the community can be found in an ECHO report from May last year. This documented how Escoffery had formed a running group called Cool Runnings, named after the 1993 film, in early 2021 due to covid-related gym closures.

And the organisation was still thriving three years later, meeting twice a week in Sefton Park. Open to all ages and backgrounds and free to join in with, he said of the scheme: "Everyone was happy to get out the house and be together due to being in lockdown before.

"There’s almost 40 people in my group and each time we run there's about 12 runners and we do about five to eight miles on each run. No one feels left out. Everyone is always together, as those faster ones will run back to keep together as a group. It's not about competing and being serious.

"You start at your level, if you can only run a mile then that’s it. No pressure, it's not a competition."

Members were also said to have completed 10ks and marathons for cancer and mental health charities. Escoffery added: "Half the lads never knew each other before the group, and now they go out and meet up outside of running."

Adams admitted conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine and cannabis. He was locked up for 12 years.

Bradley pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine cannabis and amphetamine and money laundering. He was handed 14 years and eight months.

Escoffery admitted conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine and money laundering. Appearing via video link to HMP Liverpool, he was jailed for 13 years and four months.

Dylan Adams
Dylan Adams -Credit:Merseyside Police

Sentencing them on Monday, Judge Katherine Pierpoint said: "The trade you were involved in brings misery and destitution. It spreads crime and undermines communities.

"Drugs wreck lives. All three of your were driven by greed and you had a complete disregard for the wellbeing of others and the impact your dealings had on the fabric of society.

"You thought you were invincible by using such a phone, but that has proved to be your downfall. There was no hiding place for you, and the content of these messages revealed what you were up to.

"Your business was sourcing and supply multi kilogram amounts of class A and B drugs. You were acting as a network, operating just below those involved in the importation of drugs."

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