A former international drug lord who bagged over £4million while running a Teeside-based cocaine ring is being treated as a prison escape risk.

Jonathon Moorby, 51, recently spoke of his experiences inside prison where he is escorted to and from his cell by two guards at all times.

He is serving a 29-year sentence as part of his conviction in a multi-million pound drugs ring bust, and his experiences on the outside have prison guards worried, TeesideLive reported.

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Having chartered helicopters carrying loads from Antwerp to properties in Kent, Moorby is close pals with Liverpool-based crime boss Lance Kennedy, the man at the heart of the crime ring.

Now, Moorby is opening up on life inside prison and the time he spent as a man who "ladies loved" on the outside.

He recalled his capture after years in the drugs industry, saying: "They arrested my mate when he went to pick [my son] Brandon up at the airport. They thought he was me.

"I got a phone call warning me about what had happened. I picked up a few things, including a Belgian passport and I fled. Lance organised a speedboat and I got to Ko Mudsom – it's in the middle of nowhere.

"But they came after me and I was surrounded by Interpol and Thai Police who held machine guns to my head."

His life on the inside sees him labelled as a "high security, high risk" prisoner due to "the helicopters we used", with prison guards worried he may attempt to break out.

Moorby added: "Because of the helicopters we used, they think another one will land and I'll fly out of here."

But his time on the inside follows a two-year stint in a Thai prison, with Moorby saying: "That changed me forever. I became hard. If you can survive a Thai prison, you can survive anything."

According to his mum, Moorby was quite the ladies man, with Susan Moorby adding that "the ladies always loved Jon".

Moorby is currently appealing his 2014 conviction through the Court of Appeal.

He, along with several members of a countrywide cocaine gang, was found guilty of possession with intent to supply cocaine and amphetamines.

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