A “spiritual healer” has denied being part of a Birmingham Airport cocaine smuggling gang.
Dad-of-eight Warren Campbell, 41, denied being part of a plot to bring in large quantities of the drug from Jamaica.
The 41 year old admitted he was in contact with the drugs mule – but only as her spiritual healer.
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Jordane Morris brought back cocaine after she was sent on a two-week trip to Jamaica under the guise of a holiday to the famous Montego Bay resort.
Dad-of-eight Campbell was in touch with Morris and gang boss Nathaniel Freeman – but only to give them spiritual healing treatment, a court heard.
Campbell, from Tottenham in London, is facing trial after he pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to smuggle a Class A drug between April and September 2017.
Campbell was introduced to Morris by Freeman as she was said to be suffering with anxiety and had a fear of flying on planes.
Campbell said he had given Morris a tarot reading in the back of his car.
He added that he planned to give her a talisman before the flight to Jamaica in August 2017. This was a leather item inscribed with her date of birth, which is said to bring good luck and help with anxiety.
The defendant said it “needed to be prayed over for a period of time”.
Campbell said he planned to meet Morris at a Birmingham hotel the day before the flight to Jamaica to hand over the charm.
But he said that he did not arrive in time as his SatNav failed. He added that he left the talisman “near the root of a flower” next to a bin.
Campbell said she was meant to retrieve the talisman the next day.
Morris returned to the UK on September 4 2017 and Campbell said he had picked her up from Birmingham Airport alongside her friend and an unknown man.
He confirmed he had picked the suitcase up and put it in the boot of his vehicle, and had then pushed it further in when the boot would not close.
The defendant explained he had picked up Morris from the airport as he wanted to take back the talisman. He said that the item expired and he needed to dispose of it by burying it in a cemetery.
He was directed by the unknown man to a property approximately 40 to 45 minutes away in the Birmingham area. Morris is said to have entered the house, taken the talisman out of her suitcase and given it to Campbell with a bottle of rum.
Prosecuting, David Sapiecha, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said that Campbell knew who the “unknown man” was.
The defendant denied this.
Mr Sapiecha added that giving Morris the talisman could have been a means for the woman to identify herself to the drug sellers or perhaps a mark to identify the case carrying cocaine through the airport in Jamaica.
Campbell denied that the talisman was an identifying mark.
When asked by Mr Sapiecha if he was part of the gang smuggling drugs, Campbell said: “I would never do that. Drugs kill people.”
The jury also heard from Campbell’s clients who praised his spiritual healing work.
In a statement read out by Miss Eastwood in court, client Helen Mitchell said: “Warren Campbell removed mental and physical blocks from my psyche.” She added she was taken to Jamaica to complete the process of her healing. “