By Gangsters Inc. Editors
Police in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates last month arrested a British man wanted in the United Kingdom for his alleged role in a large-scale international drug trafficking plot. 35-year-old Michael Paul Moogan, from Croxteth, Liverpool, was a fugitive for 8 years.
He was featured as part of the Operation Captura most wanted fugitives campaign, was apprehended on 21 April as a result of joint working between Dubai Police and the National Crime Agency (NCA). For operational reasons details could only be revealed now.
Moogan was using numerous false identities to avoid capture. Dubai Police believe that after entering the UAE using a different identity, he tried to avoid CCTV in an attempt to elude detectives. Utilizing the latest capabilities, including the Criminal Data Analysis Centre, they were able to track him down.
He had been on the run since a raid that took place at a café in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, suspected of being used as a front for meetings between drug traffickers and cartels, and central to a plot to bring hundreds of kilos of cocaine into the United Kingdom every week.
Working with the Dutch National Crime Squad, the NCA became aware of information that linked Moogan and two other British men to the Café de Ketel – a business not open to the public that could only be entered via a security system. NCA officers suspected that Moogan and his associates were involved in plans to import drugs from Latin America to Europe.
At the time of the raid, only one of the men, 71-year-old Robert Hamilton, from Manchester, could be found. He was jailed for 8 years in 2014 after pleading guilty to drug charges.
The other man, 57-year-old Robert Gerard, from Liverpool, handed himself in to the NCA after 3 years on the run claiming the pressure was too much. He pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges and was jailed in 2017 for 14 years.
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