Dave Allen says Mark Lilley was guilty of very very serious crimes and posed a real risk to the public. He's thanked the spanish police for helping them to arrest him after 13 years on the run.
– Dave Allen, Head of the Fugitives Unit, SOCA
"Lilley was a dangerous man with access to firearms. He had evaded capture for a long time by moving around Spain and using false identities. Now he's behind bars where he belongs and extradition proceedings are underway.
"My message for other fugitives on the run is a simple one - we will hunt you down and you will face justice for your crimes."
Police say Mark Lilley was hiding in a 'panic room' concealed behind a bedroom wardrobe.
Lilley had been jailed for 23 years in his abscence for drugs and firearms offences.
A convicted drug trafficker from Warrington, who had been on the run for 13 years, has been arrested in Spain. 41-year-old Mark Lilley was detained in a raid on a luxury villa in Malaga.