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Tyrone GAA star Peter Loughran charged in multi-million drugs probe

GAA ace one of six NI men accused in huge anti-crime operation

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Tyrone's Peter Loughran. Picture credit; Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Tyrone's Peter Loughran. Picture credit; Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

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Michael O'Loughlin, originally from Galway but with address in Warrenpoint, appeared at Newry Mags on charges of conspiring to commit murder and conspiring to import cocaine.

Michael O'Loughlin, originally from Galway but with address in Warrenpoint, appeared at Newry Mags on charges of conspiring to commit murder and conspiring to import cocaine.

Peter Loughran (45) who was arrested in connection with a major cocaine importation investgiation.

Peter Loughran (45) who was arrested in connection with a major cocaine importation investgiation.

All Ireland Football Championship Quarter-Final 3/8/2003 Tyrone  Peter Loughran ©INPHO/Patrick Bolger

All Ireland Football Championship Quarter-Final 3/8/2003 Tyrone Peter Loughran ©INPHO/Patrick Bolger

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Encrochat urging users to destroy their phones.

Encrochat urging users to destroy their phones.

Tyrone's Peter Loughran. Picture credit; Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

An all-Ireland winning GAA star is at the centre of the UK's biggest ever investigation into organised crime.

Peter Loughran - who won the Sam Maguire trophy with Tyrone in 2003 - is one of six Northern Irishmen facing charges arising from Operation Venetic led by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Sunday Life can reveal the 45-year-old was arrested at his home near Dungannon on June 23 after the secretive EncroChat phone network was breached by a foreign government.