Drug dealer who is one of Britain’s most wanted criminals arrested on the Costa del Sol

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One of Britain’s most wanted is found in just 24 hours on the Costa del Sol by an off-duty police officer










This is the moment a convicted drug dealer is arrested and handcuffed a day after being named as one of Britain’s 12 most wanted fugitives on the run in Spain.

Joshua Hendry was held in San Pedro de Alcantara near the Costa del Sol resort of Marbella yesterday after being recognized by an off duty officer.

On Friday night, Spanish police released footage of him being escorted through an underground car park by a single officer, wearing a mustard green tracksuit top and bottoms.

Joshua Hendry was held in San Pedro de Alcantara near the Costa del Sol resort of Marbella yesterday after being recognized by an off duty officer

The 30-year-old is now at risk of being extradited to the UK. The National Crime Agency said on Wednesday when naming Hendry: ‘He is charged with being a member of a Liverpool organized crime gang and conspiring to supply Class A drugs.

“It is alleged that he trafficked heroin and crack cocaine from Liverpool to Grimsby for further distribution and controlled the telephone line used for this purpose. ‘

His mother and brother were convicted in connection with the conspiracy.

“Hendry is also wanted in connection with a separate drug conspiracy to supply cocaine in May 2018 for which he was sentenced in his absence to 10 years in prison in March 2019.”

He was the first of 12 men named in Wednesday’s appeal to be detained. Prior to his arrest, he had been linked to the town of Estepona, located a 20-minute drive west of San Pedro.

Confirming the detention, a spokesperson for the Spanish National Police in Malaga said: “One of the 12 fugitives on Britain’s most wanted list in Spain has been detained.”

‘The detention has taken place less than 24 hours since the start of a new edition of Operation Most Wanted. Tom Dowdall, NCA International Deputy Director, said:

“This is a quick result and speaks to the power these appeals can have as well as the international reach of the NCA.” “Whether it’s using public whistleblowers, sharing intelligence or deploying specialist capabilities, UK law enforcement and our Spanish partners are working together to find and arrest the other 11 fugitives.

“These men will know now that we are after them. They can live their lives anxiously looking over their shoulders and wondering if today is the day they get caught or if they can do the right thing and surrender.

Humberside Police Chief Inspector Rhodri Troake said: ‘We would like to thank the National Crime Agency for their assistance in locating and arresting Hendry in an efficient and speedy operation.

“Hendry allegedly trafficked heroin and crack cocaine from Liverpool to Grimsby for further distribution within our local communities.

“This type of crime can cause significant disruption to our local communities and we will continue to do everything we can to continue to bring those responsible to justice.”

As well as the drug lords, British fugitives believed to be on the run in Spain who were named on Wednesday include two suspects wanted for murder and underworld gunsmiths.

The hit list was released at a launch in Madrid as part of a joint initiative between the National Crime Agency, Crimestoppers and Spanish police.

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