Tommy was snorting most of their profits. It was both business and personal.
In the nights that followed, he admitted as much to one criminal associate at The Tunnel club in Glasgow, a venue where he and Tony had spent many good nights. Another close friend said: "He could not believe it when they tried to kill him out on the back roads. Days later someone tried to shoot Tony while he was taking a shower in his home.
Police were already certain that one side or the other would suffer a fatality. Stevenson was undoubtedly dangerous but most thought that the McGovern brothers would ultimately triumph - after all, Stevenson was just one man. They thought wrong. Tony was shot dead on the evening of September 16, , while sitting at the wheel of his black Audi A6 which was parked outside the New Morven pub.
It would be one of the most significant gangland murders in Scotland for years and signalled an audacious underworld putsch. In the days after McGovern was murdered, Stevenson trailed other members of the McGovern family, including the brothers and their parents, covertly taking their pictures. They were soon sent the photos in the post. One source said: "The McGoverns wanted revenge.
They would have been baying for Stevenson's blood but sometimes self-preservation comes before anything else. They were feared but not respected and suddenly somebody wasn't scared of them. Another Glasgow underworld figure said: "After Stevenson did what he did, the whole perception of the McGoverns changed. In the countryside north of Glasgow, the shallow grave that lay open in readiness for Stevenson's corpse would remain unfilled.
Set up his international drug smuggling operation after a violent split from the McGovern crime clan. Gerry Carbin Jnr, Stevenson's stepson is serving five years after being snared in Operation Folklore, the biggest offensive against organised crime in Scotland. Caroline Stevenson, Stevenson's wife and Carbin's mum.
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Also arrested by Folklore cops but money-laundering charges were dropped after her husband and son pleaded guilty. Karen Maxwell, Carbin's partner. She too was charged as part of Folkore before walking free. She is the daughter of Glasgow criminal Robert Maxwell who is serving his third major drug-dealing sentence.
Tony McGovern, The feared boss of the once-dominant McGovern crime clan was gunned down in after falling out with best pal and criminal ally Stevenson. The Iceman remains prime suspect for the clinical gangland hit. Tommy McGovern, Tony's younger brother.
His refusal to pay Stevenson's Merseyside contacts for a drugs consignment sparked the power struggle that led to an attempted hit on Stevenson before Tony was murdered.
Jim Milligan, A businessman fronting pubs for the McGoverns. He fled after Tony's murder when the family found a black-hole in the accounts. We reveal how Jamie Stevenson - known as The Iceman - moved from being a foot soldier in the country's most notorious crime clan to building his own global smuggling operation pouring tons of drugs and guns on to our streets. Our extracts from an explosive new book reveals Stevenson's domination of the country's multi-million pound drugs trade and the landmark police operation that brought him down.
The betrayal, vengeance, and murder that leads to Stevenson seizing power from the McGoverns, his one-time criminal allies.
The unprecedented four-year surveillance offensive - Operation Folklore - launched by elite detectives to bring down Scotland's most serious criminal. The trucker turned super-grass who, in a series of prison interviews, tells police how he became one of Stevenson's drivers smuggling Class A drugs across Europe and details the day-to-day mechanics behind his global trafficking operation. Stevenson's underworld reign ended last year when he was jailed for 13 years for laundering a million pounds of his dirty fortune.
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The Iceman: the rise and fall of a crime lord
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Description The elite police officers secretly launching Scotland's biggest ever offensive against organised crime had only one target. His name was Jamie Stevenson, but he was known as The Iceman, the biggest drugs trafficker the country has ever seen. Suspected of a string of murders - including the gangland assassination of his best friend - Stevenson's decade-long rise was built on ruthless ambition, strategic cunning and calculated, brutal violence.
It left him at the head of one of Europe's biggest smuggling operations pouring tons of drugs and guns onto the streets of Scotland. It lays bare the blood-soaked business of Scotland's most powerful crime lord and, for the first time, exposes how he made - and laundered - his dirty millions.
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