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Jury out in Anglesey pilot cocaine smuggling trial

David Lloyd
Image caption Anglesey flying instructor David Lloyd denies being part of the smuggling plot

A jury in Liverpool has begun its deliberations in a £3.5m drugs smuggling trial involving a former RAF pilot from Anglesey.

David Lloyd, 65, is on trial with three other men accused of conspiracy to smuggle cocaine.

Mr Lloyd, David Watson, 54, Richard McArthur, 45, and Paul Roche, 55, all deny the charges.

The trial at Liverpool Crown Court continues.

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

He allowed his private plane to be used to bring in the drugs, which had a wholesale value of around £630,000, to Mona airfield in Anglesey from Le Touquet, France, in July 2009, the court heard.

Flying instructor Mr Lloyd was said to be a key part of the conspiracy.

The court heard that the haul of drugs was collected in France by former soldier Mathew Lockwood, 29, from Prestwich. He has already pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiring to import the drugs.

Also allegedly involved were Mr McArthur, from Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, and Mr Roche, from Prestwich.

The jury was sent home for the day and will continue its deliberations on Thursday.

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