A Preston man wanted in connection with importing cocaine, cannabis and firearms into the UK has been arrested in Nigeria.Advertisement
Dion Lee (pictured left), who has been on the run for three years, was arrested last week in Lagos.
Officers from Lancashire Police’s serious and organised crime unit have spent years tracing 34-year-old Mr Lee and carrying out inquries through Interpol.
Detective Inspector Martin Kane, who led Operation Greengage, said: “Dion Lee has been wanted by the Operation Greengage team since May 2008 but we have been working constantly behind the scenes to locate and arrest him. In partnership with the SOCA Fugitives Unit we have never given up and it is testament to our perseverance that he was arrested in Nigeria yesterday.
“I will now work closely with the CPS to ensure that the appropriate evidence is forwarded to Nigeria for the extradition proceedings to take place.
“Operation Greengage has been protracted and complex investigation. It concerned the importation of class A drugs, firearms and ammunition into the UK. In the past couple of years we have successfully convicted, twenty six people. They have been sentenced in total to more than 330 years in prison.
“Lee’s arrest clearly demonstrates that there is no hiding place and we will continue to work with enforcement agencies across the world to find people who we suspect of being involved in serious criminal activity here in Lancashire.”
Lancashire Police are now working with Nigerian authorities to secure Mr Lee’s extradition back to the UK for him to face trial at Liverpool Crown Court.