The mum of notorious drugs baron Jon Moorby has spoken of her disbelief at the path her son followed and noted the family were devout Christians.
Despite their devotion to the almighty, it would appear their 51-year-old son had chosen the path of drugs and crime, eventually leading to his arrest in Thailand, TeessideLive reported.
Since then, mum Susan Moorby has questioned how and why her son ended up as one of Britain's fiercest drug lords after being raised in a devout Baptist Christian home.
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Moorby was raised by his two loving parents, with Susan now housebound and cared for by her husband, Richard, in Teesside.
Speaking of what she thinks was the reason Moorby ended up in a life of crime, Susan said: "He needed to protect himself from bullies. He needed to be able to stand up to them.
"When he left he started going to the gym everyday. He wanted to get stronger and stronger."
Soon after that, Moorby found himself working an apprenticeship in a welding business and a job at Wentane Motors followed – giving Moorby his first brush with the law.
His plan to steal sunroofs from the business landed the future lag in court and it would not be the last time.
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Moorby began dealing drugs at a rented home in Partridge Close, Ingleby Barwick, which was subsequently petrol-bombed.
This prompted a move to an oil rig, working in Aberdeen and Africa, and then marrying his partner who worked as a hotel manager, but mum Susan claims her son was always motivated by money.
The mum also claimed her son, whose "very kind" brother Jeremy worked in IT, had been "very cruel" to the family.
Susan, speaking of his influence, said: "People were scared. He can be very cruel.
"When he was in Thailand he needed money to bribe the police there. When Jeremy said he couldn't send it – he had lost his job and didn't have thousands of pounds- he threatened to kill us all.
"Jeremy had to get police protection and he moved his family away. He won't speak to Jon now. He's put us through a living hell. But we still love him."
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Moorby is currently appealing his latest prison sentence and hopes to be out of the slammer in just over two years, but will not be able to stay around Teesside.
Mum Susan added: "He's got a lot of enemies round here and the police would be watching him like a hawk. We pray for Jon everyday."
Moorby is currently serving 18 years and four months for conspiracy to supply class-A drugs, as well as 14 years handed to him for a cocaine operation he ran while in Asia.
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