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Republic wants Derry man to face court over alleged drug trafficking

Irish authorities have launched extradition proceedings against a Londonderry man wanted over alleged drug trafficking.

Ruairi McGowan, who is serving a one-year jail sentence in Northern Ireland, was brought before a court in Belfast after being arrested in custody.

But the attempt to have him extradited to the Republic was put on hold after a judge was told he is not due to complete his prison term until May 2011.

McGowan (30) is being sought for suspected illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, a spokeswoman for the Court Service confirmed yesterday.

He was jailed at Derry Crown Court in October for other drugs-related offences.

McGowan's solicitor told the court he wanted to reserve his position on whether he consented to extradition.

The case was adjourned until next month, to be reviewed again by Judge Tom Burgess.

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