'Most wanted' suspect held in Spain


Crimestoppers handout photo of Dennis O'Brien, one of Britain's most wanted, who was arrested in Spain

One of the UK’s most wanted fugitives has been arrested in Spain.

Dennis O’Brien, from Liverpool, is suspected of leading a gang which plotted to import £166 million of cocaine into the UK from Peru.

The 62-year-old was found at a Costa del Sol bar on Saturday after a joint operation by the British Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) and Spanish police.

He is one of the fugitives featured in Operation Captura – Crimestoppers’ campaign to trace suspected British criminals who are on the run in Spain.

Police caught up with O’Brien at the Trafalgar Bar, in Calahonda, a coastal town between Marbella and Fuengirola.

A spokesman said: “Dennis Patrick O’Brien was arrested on Saturday in Calahonda in the Costa del Sol.

“The arrest was part of an ongoing operation by the Spanish National Police and the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency targeting bars in the region which are known to be regular haunts of criminals.”

O’Brien fled the country in 2005 before he could be put on trial for his alleged role in a conspiracy to supply 1.6 tonnes of cocaine.

His son James Kelly, from Garston, Liverpool, was jailed at Liverpool Crown Court for 19 years in March 2007 for his part in the same trafficking plot.

The investigation led police from Peru to England, via Rotterdam, Madrid and Amsterdam, and even saw gang members tailed to Hong Kong and Dubai.

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