Suspected British Drug Dealer Held In Spain

Christopher Mealey, who is wanted in the UK as part of a probe into an alleged £25 million-a-year cocaine ring, has been arrested by armed Spanish National Police in Marbella, on the Costa del Sol on Monday night.

Officers from the National Crime Agency and the Metropolitan Police were also involved in the arrest of the 38-year-old.

Mealey has been on the run for two and a half years after police raided a drugs operation, he ran with his father-in-law in January 2012, and now faces extradition to Britain.

Inspector Olga Lizana, from the Spanish National Police fugitives unit, said: "Cooperation between Spain and the UK on fugitive operations has never been better. This arrest once again demonstrates that sooner or later any British fugitives hiding out in Spain will be caught."


Related UK National News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

20 November 2008
Police Launch Inquiry Into Officer's BNP Links
Merseyside Police are investigating whether a serving constable is a member of the British National Party (BNP). PC Steve Bettley's name was one of thousands on the leaked BNP membership list, posted online.
10 January 2007
Commons row erupts over foreign offences
Home Secretary John Reid has clashed with the Conservatives over the revelation that fewer than half of the UK criminals who committed serious crimes abroad have had their details entered on the Police National Computer.
04 March 2004
Nine Leicester City players arrested in Spain
Nine Leicester City football players have been arrested by police in Spain after three women alleged they had been sexually assaulted. Three German women complained to police in Alicante that were sexually assaulted after several men broke into their hotel room in Los Belones.
12 November 2014
Release Of Police Killer Described As 'Sickening'
The release of a man convicted of killing three unarmed police officers in 1966 has been described as "sickening". Harry Roberts, now aged 78, has been released from prison after serving 48 years for 1966 murders of three unarmed police officers in Shepherd's Bush in west London.
29 August 2014
Major Police Hunt Launched After Boy Taken From Hospital
A major police hunt has begun after a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour, was taken by his family without consent from Southampton General Hospital. Police said that Ashya King was taken from the hospital by Brett King, 51, and Naghemeh King, 45, on Thursday. It is thought he may have been taken to France.