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Guilty plea Man admits conspiring with murder victim to smuggle €202K of cocaine over the border

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Liam Dewar

Liam Dewar

Liam Dewar

A Belfast man today admitted conspiring with a murder victim to import £180,000 (€202,401) of cocaine. 

Liam Dewar was due to go on trial at Craigavon Crown Court next week but defence counsel Peter Coiley asked for two of the three charges to be put to the 26-year-old again.

Appearing at court from the offices of Trevor Smyth & Co, Dewar entered guilty pleas to conspiring with murder victim Warran Crossan to import cocaine and to possess the class A drug with intent to supply on 8 November 2019.

A further offence of simple possession of cocaine was left on the books.

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Liam Dewar

Liam Dewar

Liam Dewar

None of the facts were opened today but previous courts have heard how Dewar, formerly from Rodney Parade, was arrested when cops stopped a van he was driving on the A1 close to Hillsborough.

An initial search found nothing and the van was locked into Creighton’s Garage for the weekend while Dewar was freed on police bail.

Cops couldn’t find the drugs hidden inside the van and were about to hand it back when a gang tried unsuccessfully to bust it out so suspicious detectives had another look and uncovered three kilos of cocaine worth £180,000 (€202,401) under the floor behind the driver's seat in the Citroen Berlingo van.

Dewar’s phone was also seized and triaged by police and it showed numerous text exchanges between him and Warren Crossan along with a photograph of £15,000 (€16,866) in cash.

During interview, Dewar claimed he had traveled to Dublin to hand over money for the payment of damages to a vehicle but he denied having any knowledge of the drugs.

He further claimed he had taken the picture of the cash as he had never seen that amount of money before and had given it to an unknown male in the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre.

Crossan (28) was also scooped and charged and had been on bail accused of involvement in the importation but he was gunned down close to his home on Rodney Parade in west Belfast on 25 June.

To date, no one has been charged with his murder.

In court today, Judge Patrick Lynch QC said given the pleas “clearly a pre-sentence report will be necessary” so freeing Dewar on bail, he ordered a probation report and adjourned passing sentence until 19 February.

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