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Tricky Vick 'Bomber' Kavanagh lieutenant ignores judge's warning and fails to appear in UK court

Vickery (38) - who has been living in Lanzarote - could now face extradition proceedings to the UK.

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Gary Vickery at his luxury villa in Lanzarote.

Gary Vickery at his luxury villa in Lanzarote.

Gary Vickery at his luxury villa in Lanzarote.

An associate of Thomas 'Bomber Kavanagh who flew to the Canary Islands after being given unconditional bail could face extradition after he failed to turn up in a UK court - despite a stark warning from the judge to attend.

Gary Vickery (38) is still to be sentenced more than 14 months after he pleaded guilty at Ipswich Crown Court via remote link in July 2020 to conspiring to import class A and B drugs, and money laundering.

He has been living on Lanzarote ever since while the case has been dogged by delays.

Vickery was due to appear in person at Ipswich Crown Court on Monday, September 27, for a pre-sentence hearing, but the court said he failed to appear despite being given stark warnings to attend by Judge Martyn Levett at the previous hearing.

The case was delayed by at least another two months and Vickery could now face extradition proceedings if the CPS honours a pledge made at the previous hearing in early September that "extradition proceedings would commence."

Vickery, originally from Shirley, West Midlands, has been living in a villa in the village of Macher, on Lanzarote.

Judge Levett said at an earlier hearing the case has been dogged by "significant problems with people coming from abroad" due to the bail situation and coronavirus travel restrictions.

Co-defendants Daniel Canning (42) and Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh (53) pleaded guilty to the same offences at the same time, while the former also admitted possessing a firearm and ammunition.

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Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh

Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh

Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh

They are both remanded in custody and also still to be sentenced.

The prosecution concerns 292 kilos of cocaine and 600 to 800 kilos of cannabis with a combined street value of more than £38 million.

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Although, in their basis of plea statements, still to be finalised with the prosecution, the three claim the amount of cocaine involved was much lower at 30 kilos.

According to the National Crime Agency (NCA), the three are alleged associates of the Kinahan Cartel, an alleged major international drug smuggling network that originated in Ireland with bases in the UK, Spain and Dubai.

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Daniel Canning, Thomas Kavanagh and Gary Vickery

Daniel Canning, Thomas Kavanagh and Gary Vickery

Daniel Canning, Thomas Kavanagh and Gary Vickery

But, despite the gravity of the charges and their alleged international connections, Vickery and Canning were given unconditional bail from the outset of the case with neither the CPS nor NCA pushing for any conditions or a remand into custody.

Until the no show, Vickery had attended all earlier hearings of the case remotely via video link.

However, he did not appear remotely on September 27.

Warrants for the arrest of Vickery and Canning were issued in July after they failed to show at an earlier hearing amid claims they each wanted to be double vaccinated before travelling.

No further warrant was issued in respect of Vickery at latest hearing.

A court official said: "Mr Vickery did not attend this hearing nor was he on a link.

"At this hearing no arrest warrant was issued."

Vickery blamed his last non appearance on September 3 on being unable to book a PCR test to be taken upon arrival in the UK from Lanzarote.

Judge Levett said at the time: "I order your return and surrender (by September 27) and if you are not here extradition proceedings will continue and I will deal with the matter by way of breaches consecutive to the main offences

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