Suspected drug trafficker Scott Hughes who featured in the Operation Captura most wanted fugitives campaign has been arrested in Belgium.
Hughes, aged 35, from Halewood, was captured following a joint operation between the National Crime Agency, Belgian Federal Police and Merseyside Police.
He was travelling from Dubai to Belgium using a fraudulent passport, and was stopped upon arrival at Brussels Airport yesterday. Extradition proceedings are now underway.
Hughes is wanted by Merseyside Police for allegedly being a member of a Liverpool-based organised crime group involved in the large-scale supply of class A drugs.
He became a target of Operation Captura – a joint initiative between the NCA and Crimestoppers to capture fugitives – and his arrest means 75 out of 86 on the most wanted list have now been caught.
Dave Allen, Head of the NCA’s International Crime Bureau, said:
Founder and Chairman of Crimestoppers Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC, said:
Detective Superintendent Lee Turner, from Merseyside Police’s Matrix Serious Organised Crime team, said: