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Adair's son in guilty plea
Charges against Gina Adair, right, were dropped

The son of convicted loyalist leader Johnny Adair has pleaded guilty to a series of drug charges.

Jonathan Adair, 19, from Horwich, Greater Manchester, admitted conspiring to supply heroin and crack cocaine when he appeared at Bolton Crown Court on Friday.

He spoke only to confirm his name and make his guilty plea.

His co-defendants, Ben Dowie, 22, and William Truesdale, 40, originally from Belfast but with addresses given as Chorley New Road, Horwich, also pleaded guilty to drugs charges.

Police have confirmed that charges have been dropped against the Ulster Freedom Fighters leader's wife, Gina Adair, from Chorley New Road, Horwich, and against Karen Truesdale, 32, of Thorpe Street, Halliwell, and a 13-year-old boy.

Jonathan Adair, Dowie and Truesdale were remained in custody and the case was adjourned until 12 March for pre-sentence reports.

The Adairs were among a number of families from Belfast who moved to Greater Manchester last year following violent infighting between loyalists.

BBC NI's Homara Choudhary reports:
"The three are due back for sentencing on March 19"


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