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Fugitive caught Dubai police arrest suspected drugs boss in joint operation

Moogan had been on the run since a raid that took place at a café in Rotterdam suspected of being used as a front for meetings between drug traffickers and cartels.

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Michael Moogan arrested in Dubai after eight years on the run

Michael Moogan arrested in Dubai after eight years on the run

Michael Moogan arrested in Dubai after eight years on the run

A man wanted by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) for eight years for his alleged role in a massive international drug trafficking plot has been arrested in Dubai.

Michael Paul Moogan (35) from Croxteth, Liverpool, was arrested on 21 April in joint operation with Dubai Police, but only announced yesterday.

Moogan had been on the run since a raid that took place at a café in Rotterdam suspected of being used as a front for meetings between drug traffickers and cartels.

It was central to a plot to bring hundreds of kilos of cocaine into the UK every week, according to the NCA.

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.

The café was not open to the public and 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 the EU

At the time of the raid, only one of the men, Robert Hamilton (71) from Manchester, could be found. He was jailed for eight years in 2014 after pleading guilty to drug charges.

The other man, Robert Gerard (57) from Liverpool, handed himself in to the NCA after three 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.

NCA officers established 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.

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NCA Director of Investigations Nikki Holland said: “This arrest is the result of years of investigation involving a range of law enforcement partners in the UK, Europe and Middle East.

“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. He will be returned to the United Kingdom to face trial.

“This case should serve as a warning to others on the run from the NCA – we have a global reach, we never give up and they can never rest easy."

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