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No hiding place Man alleged to be a member of notorious 'chicken run' drug gang is extradited to the UK

He is alleged to be part of a gang that was responsible for importing millions of pounds worth of class A drugs

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A picture from the NCA website shows NCA officers with Da Costa

A picture from the NCA website shows NCA officers with Da Costa

A picture from the NCA website shows NCA officers with Da Costa

A man alleged to be a member of “chicken run” drug gang has been extradited to the UK to face justice. 

Dominique Anthony Ventura Da Costa (36) was detained by Dutch police on a European Arrest Warrant in August 2018.

The Dutch national was brought to the UK by NCA officers following the conclusion of his extradition hearings in the Netherlands.

He is alleged to be part of a gang that was responsible for importing millions of pounds worth of class A drugs into the UK from the Netherlands hidden in loads of chicken in 2016 and 2017.

Heroin and cocaine worth around £5 million was seized after being discovered in chicken shipments on three occasions.

However NCA investigators, working in partnership with the Dutch police, subsequently identified another 16 importations which they suspect contained drugs, which would have brought the overall street value to around £12 million.

Da Costa is alleged to have been part of the Dutch arm of the operation, where drugs were placed within consignments for shipment to the UK.

NCA Senior Investigating Officer Gary Winch said: “This case shows that there is no hiding place for those attempting to evade UK law enforcement.

“We are determined to track down fugitives, and neither the passage of time or international borders are a barrier to us doing so.

“We are grateful for the assistance of our Dutch partners in this operation, and Da Costa will now go before UK courts.”

Eleven people have previously been convicted in connection with the NCA investigation, with prison sentences totalling around 100 years handed out.

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