Fugitive ‘drug supplier’ in custody


Published: Thursday 19th February 2015 by The News Editor

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A suspected drug trafficker who has been on the run for 12 years has been arrested in Amsterdam.

Scott Coleman, 40, from Liverpool, fled to Spain after he failed to appear at Edinburgh Crown Court charged with possession with intent to supply heroin, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

The suspect, who has tattoos of a bulldog on his back, a Liverpool FC crest on his right leg and pair of lips on his buttocks, was originally arrested in February 2003 following an investigation by Police Scotland.

It is understood Coleman was detained last week after he presented a false Irish passport and refused to reveal his identity when confronted by two officers in Amsterdam. Police later confirmed his identity with the NCA.

Coleman is due to appear in court in Amsterdam next Monday when extradition proceedings will begin, police said.

He is the 65th fugitive to be detained out of 76 wanted suspects through Operation Captura – the high-profile initiative between Crimestoppers, the NCA and the Spanish authorities.

Hank Cole, head of international operations for the NCA, said: “We know Coleman was in Spain for a while but like many fugitives he wrongly believed he could evade capture by moving around.

“There is no safe haven for fugitives. The NCA will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners across the world to pursue these individuals and return them to the UK to face justice.”

Lord Ashcroft, chairman of Crimestoppers, said: “The arrest of Scott Coleman is pleasing for two reasons. Firstly, he has been on the Operation Captura list since 2008, so his arrest is welcome news. And secondly, his arrest takes the success rate of the campaign to over 85%.

“This figure cannot be underestimated. We are talking about individuals accused or convicted of serious crimes, and it gives me great pleasure to see another one removed from our streets, thanks to the work of Crimestoppers, law enforcement, and the public.”

Published: Thursday 19th February 2015 by The News Editor

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