A man who was a suspect in the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence has admitted being a kingpin in a £ 4m drugs plot.

Jamie Acourt pleaded guilty at Kingston Crown Court over the two-year conspiracy to sell cannabis resin.

The 42-year-old, from Eltham in southeast London, had initially denied the charges – but he had changed his plea after the prosecution opened the case against him.

His brother Neil has already been jailed for more than six years over the scheme.

Jamie Acourt spent more than two years on the run until he was arrested in May and was living in Spain under the alias Simon Alfonzo.

He was detained by armed officers as he left a gym in Barcelona, ​​and extradited back to the UK.

Prosecutors believe the brothers were ringleaders of the plot – and claim they are enlisted family members to transport drugs between London and the North East of England.

Stephen Lawrence died in 1993
Acourt was suspected in the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993

Both were arrested after Stephen Lawrence, a black 18-year-old, was stabbed by a gang of white men in 1993 – however, they have always been involved in the fatal attack.

Jurors were informed of the historic allegation against Jamie Acourt but warned they should consider it on the trial's evidence.

Prosecutors had accused Acourt of conspiracy to supply a Class B drug between January 2014 and February 2016, but it has not changed.

London to South Shields – driving up drugs and bringing back cash.

Jamie Acourt wants to be convicted for the drugs charge on Friday.