Suspected drug trafficker found in Ghana after three year manhunt

It is reported (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/11/suspected-drug-trafficker-found-in-ghana-after-three-year-manhunt) that one of Britain’s most wanted fugitives has been captured in Ghana following a three year manhunt for his connection to a plot to smuggle cocaine worth £71m into the UK.

David McDermott of Ormskirk, Lancashire, was the last man still being hunted by an international operation involving officers from the National Crime Agency and Ghana’s Bureau of National Investigations. The 42-year-old, who was apprehended at a house in the country’s capital, Accra, is suspected of being a member of an organised crime syndicate from Liverpool.

The group is believed to be responsible for a failed smuggling operation discovered by border force at Tilbury Docks in May 2013, when officers seized 400kg (881lbs) of cocaine smuggled into the country in a container of frozen Argentinian beef. The suspected drug trafficker is also wanted for conspiracy to blackmail. The process to extradite him is scheduled to begin soon.

 

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