One of UK’s most wanted fugitives arrested in Dubai after eight years on the run

One of the UK’s most wanted fugitives has been tracked down and arrested in Dubai after eight years on the run.

Michael Moogan had been sought by the National Crime Agency (NCA) for his alleged involvement in an international drug trafficking plot.

The 35-year-old had been on the run since police in Holland raided a cafe that was believed to be a front for the planned criminal activity.

It is reported the Cafe de Ketel in Rotterdam was a common meeting location for drug traffickers and cartels – with Moogan, as well as two other UK men who have already been jailed, linked by authorities to the establishment.

The NCA claimed the cafe was "central to a plot to bring hundreds of kilos of cocaine into the UK every week".

The NCA also claims the building was closed to the public and could only be entered via a security system.

Sky News reports the NCA believed Moogan and his associates were planning to import large quantities of illegal drugs from Latin America to the European Union.

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Meanwhile, authorities in Dubai have suggested Moogan slipped into the UAE using a different identity and actively avoided CCTV cameras in an attempt to avoid police.

He was eventually tracked down and arrested on 21 April – and he is due to be flown back to the UK to face justice.

Nikki Holland, the NCA's director of investigations, said: "This arrest is the result of years of investigation involving a range of law enforcement partners in the UK, Europe and Middle East.

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"We are extremely grateful to those partners for their assistance in ensuring Moogan now faces justice and particularly thank the Dubai Police for their efforts to track him down."

Following the earlier raid in Rotterdam, cops successfully arrested 71-year-old Robert Hamilton from Manchester – who was jailed for eight years in 2014 after pleading guilty to drug charges.

While another man, 57-year-old Liverpudlian Robert Gerard, was jailed for 14 years in 2017 after handing himself in to authorities following three years on the run and after pleading guilty to drug trafficking charges.

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