Belfast Telegraph

Jury out in drugs smuggling trial

A jury has begun its deliberations in a £3.5 million drugs smuggling trial in which a 45-year-old man from Northern Ireland is accused of being involved.

The seven-week trial at a Liverpool Crown Court was told that David Watson, 54, from Prestwich, Manchester, was the leader of a "team" which smuggled 14kg of cocaine into the UK in a light aircraft.

The drugs, which had a wholesale value of around £630,000, were smuggled into Mona airfield in Anglesey from Le Touquet, France, in July 2009 in a private plane owned by Watson.

It is alleged that former RAF pilot and flying instructor David Lloyd, 65, from Anglesey, was a key part of the conspiracy.

The drugs were picked up in France by former soldier Mathew Lockwood, 29, from Prestwich, the court heard.

Also allegedly involved in the plot were Richard McArthur, from Carrickfergus, and Paul Roche, 55, from Prestwich.

Watson, Lloyd, Roche and McArthur all deny conspiring to smuggle class A drugs.

Lockwood has pleaded guilty to the charge.


From Belfast Telegraph