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‘You were heavily involved’: key witness in drug trial under fire

A key rollover witness in the trial of four men accused over their roles in a $1.5 billion drug importation scheme has come under heavy fire from defence counsel for a second day over his alleged involvement in its planning.

Deo Narayan, a former forklift driver at Chess Moving in Blacktown, has been granted immunity from prosecution in return for testimony in the trials of Philip Ian Bishop, Mehmet Ozgen, Jason Drollet and Solomone Vukici who are charged over a 2014 haul of ice and ecstasy from Germany.

Deo Narayan at the Downing Centre court.

Deo Narayan at the Downing Centre court. Credit:Wolter Peeters

Mr Narayan said a man named ‘Jason’ who offered him $10,000 to make a 40-foot shipping container accessible, had called him “three or four times” and he had called back “one or two times” about the proposal.

But counsel for Mr Bishop, Michael McHugh SC, produced mobile phone records showing Mr Narayan and ‘Jason’ were in contact as many as 28 times for a total of 35 minutes in the weeks before and until shortly after the container arrived and was accessed at the shipping yard in late November.

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