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A former Middlesbrough car salesman has been arrested in Spain on suspicion of drugs smuggling.
He's been described as one of the top ten most investigated criminals in Europe.
The police say Brian Charrington is an international drugs baron, who ferries cocaine from South America to Europe.
A man from Middlesbrough, suspected of being involved in an international drug-smuggling operation, has been arrested in Spain.
Brian Charrington was detained in the Costa Brava in a joint operation between Spanish and UK police.
More than 220 kg of cocaine was recovered in an apartment in Alicante.
Bank accounts and goods worth €5 million have been frozen or seized.
The 57 year old worked as a car salesman whilst living in the north east.
Several other arrests were also made as part of the operation in Spain and Venezuela.