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Drugs link to Co Tyrone deaths probed

 Liam Campbell (left) and Gary McCabe died at the weekend
Connla Young

A possible drugs link is being investigated in the deaths of two men in their thirties in Co Tyrone at the weekend.

Liam Campbell (36) died in the Coolnafranky Park area of Cookstown on Saturday while Gary McCabe (30) passed away at a property in the Donaghmore Road area of Dungannon a day later.

Post mortem examinations are to be carried out to establish the cause of the deaths, but police last night said neither is being treated as suspicious.

It comes weeks after Mark Hay (34) died after he is believed to have taken drugs in Moneymore, Co Derry earlier this month.

Mr Hay and Mr Campbell are believed to have known each other.


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From the Lurgan area originally, Mr Campbell had been living with his partner in Cookstown. It is understood he was known to police.

Liam Campbell 

His partner Emma broke the news of his death on Facebook over the weekend.

“It is with an extremely heavy heart that I have to write this status,” she said.

“Liam was not only my boyfriend he was my soulmate my best friend and the most loyal person I could ever ask for.

“The most painful goodbyes are those that are left unsaid, I loved you every day and I will miss you everyday.

“Death is the only thing that could ever kept you from me.”

“Sleep tight my beautiful angel, my wee puffer.”

Mr McCabe is believed to have been a father-of-one.

Tributes were paid to him by his sister Zoe on Facebook.

“Rest in peace Gary my brother,” she said.

“I’ll never forget you in any way shape or form.

“You were taken from us too early.

“Please look over mummy and daddy, you’re an angel now you’re in no more pain.

“Gone but will not be forgotten.”

Patsy McGlone

Dungannon based independent councillor Barry Monteith knew the deceased man and his family.

“They are a well-known family in the area and it’s very, very tragic to lose someone so young,” he said.

“Everyone is thinking about them at the minute.”

Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone said an SDLP delegation is to meet police this week.

“I offer my sincere sympathies to their families who have been left bereft of a loved family member,” he said.

“A delegation from the SDLP will be meeting with the local superintendent of the PSNI to discuss serious crime, including drugs related crime, in the area.”

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