A JURY heard how police excavated the charred remains of two drug dealers entombed in a burnt-out van in a pit at a farm in Cornwall.
David Griffiths, 35, from Plymouth, and Brett Flournoy, 31, were blasted with a shotgun and loaded into a white Citroen Berlingo van at Sunny Corner, Trenance Downs, near St Austell.
And one of the men alleged to have murdered them was Thomas Haigh, of Denby Dale.
Truro Crown Court was told the vehicle, which Flournoy had been driving, was pushed into a 4 metres deep (7ft 10in) pit before everything was set on fire and covered over with earth.
Haigh, 26, and Ross Stone, 26, are jointly charged with the double slaying on June 16 last year and deny the allegations.
Stone, who lived at Sunny Corner and worked as a roofer and used a digger, admits disposing of the bodies.
Flournoy was from Merseyside while at the time of his death Griffiths was living in Bracknell, Berkshire.
Prosecutors argue the men were pressurising Haigh to smuggle drugs into the UK from Brazil and Stone was being threatened to repay a £30,000 drug debt.
It is said they sent Haigh to keep watch on Stone and the two men became friends before joining forces to murder the men.