The best friend and best man of Tony McGovern joined the north Glasgow mob, who became one
of the most feared drugs gangs of the 90s.
But a bitter fall-out led to a botched McGovern attempt on Stevenson’s life.
The betrayal infuriated him and soon afterwards 35-year-old McGovern was shot dead outside the New Morven pub in Glasgow’s Springburn in one of Scotland’s most notorious gangland assassinations.
Stevenson was arrested but the case was dropped due to lack of evidence.
The 2000 murder became a catalyst for Stevenson to launch Scotland’s biggest drug-smuggling gang.
He enlisted crooked lorry drivers and ran his own haulage firms to bring drugs and guns from mainland Europe.
One of the drivers turned supergrass as the Scottish Crime and Drugs Enforcement Agency targeted Stevenson during the four-year Operation Folklore, which ultimately led to him being jailed.
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