One of Britain’s most wanted men, 30, snared by cops in Marbella over links to major cocaine & guns dealing gang

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ONE of Britain’s most wanted men has been arrested in Marbella over suspected links to a drugs and guns dealing gang.

Dean Garforth, 30, was snared by Spanish cops as he left his hideaway in Costa del Sol on an electric bike.

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He was arrested in Marbella on Monday
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Police said Garforth injured two officers in a bid to escape arrest
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Authorities said the Liverpool-born man injured two officers in a bid to avoid detention by smashing his bike into them.

He was held on an International Arrest Warrant as well as suspicion of resisting arrest.

Garforth was one of the twelve men named in a National Crime Agency and Spanish police appeal in January.

They were described at the time as Britain’s most wanted suspects thought to be hiding in Spain.

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Convicted drug trafficker Joshua Hendry was held 24 hours after the appeal was made in San Pedro de Alcantara near Marbella after being recognised by an off-duty Spanish officer.

Hendry, 31, from Walton, Liverpool, was extradited and jailed for five years and three months at Sheffield Crown Court in April after pleading guilty to supplying heroin and crack cocaine and to a charge of absconding.

That was on top of the ten-year sentence he was given in 2020 when he was convicted in his absence of conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Hendry began serving his original sentence after his extradition and was charged with additional drug offences as part of the same investigation and with absconding.


Confirming Monday’s arrest in Marbella, a spokesman for Spain’s National Police said: “National Police officers have arrested one of the fugitives included in the UK’S Most Wanted list.

“He is Dean Garforth, aged, 30, who was the subject of an International Arrest Warrant issued by the British authorities for crimes of drug and weapons trafficking.”

“Garforth was living on a residential estate in Marbella where he tried to go unnoticed among a large British expat community.

“He took great care with regards to his security and hardly went out, but was apprehended when he left his home wearing sunglasses and a cap on an electric bike.

“During his attempted identification, he rammed one of them with his bicycle and injured two police officers.

“He was arrested on foot of the International Arrest Warrant and on suspicion of a crime of resisting arrest and disobedience.”

Last night Garforth was facing extradition to the UK.

The National Crime Agency said about Garforth in their appeal at the start of the year: “He is allegedly involved in a well-established Organised Crime Group supplying significant quantities of cocaine and cannabis and involved in trading firearms and ammunition.

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“It is alleged he used the now defunct encrypted comms platform EncroChat to facilitate these offences in and around the North West of England and that his OCG also adulterated the drugs before moving them on.”

Garforth’s last known address was South Hill Road in Dingle.

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