THE ex-tour manager for the Happy Mondays — held in Turkey over an £80million cocaine haul — claims he was only heading to the country for a nose job.
Anthony Murray, 52, is in jail with eight others after sniffer dogs in Istanbul found 228kg of drugs inside bags of fertiliser on a ship from Colombia.
Murray (standing second from left) was the Happy Mondays tour manager [/caption]
He has previously been jailed for three years over a huge cannabis deal.
A source in Turkey told The Sun: “Turkey is popular if you want to have a bit of work done — but also a route to get drugs into mainland Europe.
“He’s already got a serious drug conviction so it wasn’t the smartest move in the world.
“Turkish police don’t mess around, this is a massive discovery for them and they’re going for it big time.”
Now Turkish detectives are “hours or days away” from making more arrests.
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The source added: “People in the UK with links to him are going to be bricking it.
“There’s no doubt with a find as big as this intelligence will be shared among law enforcement agencies here.”
Murray is now believed to be in a prison similar to the one in terrifying 1978 drug-smuggling flick Midnight Express.
He was previously jailed for three years over a huge cannabis deal[/caption]
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