Wanted Ormskirk man arrested in Ghana

David McDermott Credit: National Crime Agency

The last man wanted in connection with a plot to import 400 kilos of cocaine into the United Kingdom was captured this morning in Ghana.

David McDermott, aged 42, from Ormskirk, who featured in the Operation Captura fugitive campaign, was arrested during a joint operation involving officers from the NCA and the Ghanaian Bureau of National Investigation.

McDermott is suspected of being a member of a Liverpool-based organised crime group involved in a conspiracy to import and supply cocaine which was seized from a container of frozen Argentinian beef in May 2013 at Tilbury Docks. He is also wanted for conspiracy to blackmail.

Officers detained McDermott at a house in the Burma Hills area of Accra, and extradition proceedings are due to begin next week.

McDermott’s arrest means 76 out of 86 fugitives on the Captura list have now been caught.

Dave Allen, Head of the NCA’s International Crime Bureau, said:

Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC, the founder and Chair of Crimestoppers, said:

The NCA investigation into the importation and supply of the cocaine found at Tilbury Docks has already resulted in six people being sentenced to a total of 64 years.