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Former RAF pilot cleared of drug smuggling

A former RAF pilot has been cleared of smuggling cocaine, with a value of £3.5m, in to an airfield on Anglesey.

David Lloyd from Bordorgan was found not guilty at Liverpool Crown Court and afterwards said he was relieved at the verdict but disgusted by the way the case had been handled.

The jury will continue considering verdicts next week on David Watson, 54, Richard McArthur, 45, and Paul Roche, 55, who all deny the charges.

The jury previously heard 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 about£630,000, to Mona airfield in Anglesey from Le Touquet, France, in July 2009, the court heard.

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.

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