Suspected Sheffield drug trafficker arrested abroad

A suspected international drug trafficker originally from Sheffield has been arrested in Amsterdam. Photo: PA

A suspected international drug trafficker originally from Sheffield has been arrested in Amsterdam.

Craig Allen, 50, is wanted in connection with seizures of heroin and cocaine dating back to 2010, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

Allen was captured by a team of armed officers as he left a furniture store in the Dutch capital on Tuesday afternoon and UK authorities will now attempt to extradite him back to the UK.

He is the first fugitive to be captured abroad since the NCA, dubbed "Britain's FBI", was launched on Monday.

Officers from the NCA, South Yorkshire Police and the Dutch National Crime Squad were involved in the operation to track down Allen, who was arrested on a European Arrest Warrant.

It is believed he oversaw the importation of drugs while living in Thailand, the NCA said.

During a subsequent search of an apartment in Amsterdam, officers found four kilos of what is believed to be cocaine and 500,000 euro (£420,000).

Dave Allen, head of the NCA's Fugitives Unit, said: "We believe this man, who is the first fugitive to be captured abroad since the NCA launched, is involved in the importation and supply of large quantities of drugs."