A CONVICTED killer who set up a five-star car valet service as a cover to run a drugs empire — similar to the plot of hit TV show Breaking Bad — has been jailed for more than nine years.
Lewis Gilder, 36, of Wyken, Coventry, started selling drugs less than a year after being released from prison for killing a young woman in a horror crash.
He was jailed for four years for causing death by dangerous driving after ploughing into multiple sclerosis sufferer Hannah Bowden, 24, in August 2015, before being released last year on licence.
Just months after he was freed, Gilder set up Coventry Car Valet — three miles away from the scene of the fatal crash.
He used the business as a front to run a cocaine ring which earned him tens of thousands of pounds, but was caught when police stopped him while driving a white Transit pick-up truck with a car on the back which had £1,500 hidden inside.
Officers searched the unit he used for the car valet business and found traces of cocaine in a wheelie bin along with digital scales and a hydraulic press used to compress blocks of drugs.
He was arrested and subsequently jailed yesterday for nine years and nine months at Warwick Crown Court after admitting conspiracy to supply cocaine.
Judge Anthony Potter told him: ‘As an intelligent man, you will know how corrosive drugs are to the wider community.
‘It was quite plain your premises, outwardly used to valet cars, was also being used to process cocaine.
‘The police also found you, you having been banned, driving a low-loader on which you had a vehicle into which a package of cocaine had been secreted.
‘You used your business as a cover for your drug-dealing. The fact that you were also carrying on car valeting is neither here nor there. You set up the business as a cover for drug dealing, and you were expecting substantial financial gain.’