Belfast Telegraph

Loyalists made me do it, says drugs mule

BY George Jackson

A man who pleaded guilty to importing 5kg of cannabis resin into Northern Ireland told a judge he was forced to do it by loyalist paramilitaries.

The drugs haul was found when police stopped and searched a car in Ballykelly last year.

Francis Milliken (39), from Stormont Street in Belfast, admitted committing the offence on December 4, 2012.

At his arraignment before Judge Philip Babington at the Crown Court in Londonderry, Milliken also admitted possessing the drugs with intent to supply them.

Defence barrister Joe Brolly said that Milliken, who has 14 previous convictions, four of them for drugs offences, admitted he was the courier in the case.

He said Milliken had been "engaged and pressurised by a loyalist paramilitary organisation" to go to a car park in Letterkenny to collect the drugs.

Milliken was released on continuing bail until he is sentenced for the offences on January 13.

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