Operation to track down fugitives in Cyprus

A hunt for some of the UK’s most-wanted fugitives believed to be hiding in Cyprus has begun today, led by the UK crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers and the National Crime Agency.

The second Operation Zygos campaign features an appeal for Mehmet Salih who, between December 2010 and November 2011, is accused of being involved in a conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Mehmet Salih Credit: Crimestoppers

In May 2011 Salih allegedly visited Lincolnshire to deliver a quantity of cocaine that was subsequently recovered by the police. He was arrested and was in possession of £20,000. He was released on bail to appear at a police station later in the year but failed to attend.

Richard Ardolino Credit: Crimestoppers

There's also an appeal for help in tracking down Richard Ardolino from Leeds, who allegedly conspired with others to fraudulently obtain mortgages in order to purchase houses across the UK.

Both are thought to be evading justice in what is one of the most popular countries for ex-pats.