Jamie Acourt arrested in Spain over suspected drug dealing

Jamie Acourt arrested in Spain over suspected drug dealing

ARMED POLICE have arrested fugitive Jamie Acourt in Barcelona after two years on the run in a joint operation by Spain's National Police and the UK's National Crime Agency.

Jamie Acourt was one of six youths charged but never convicted of murdering Stephen Lawrence 25 years ago.

On Friday evening, Scotland Yard said Acourt had been arrested by Spanish police acting on the Met's behalf after an operation that also involved the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA).

Acourt, who now faces extradition to Britain 25 year after death of Steven Lawrence in London, was arrested over an alleged large-scale Barcelona cannabis plot identified by United Kingdom and Spanish authorities.

Stephen Lawrence was a British man from Eltham, south east London, who was murdered in a racially motivated attack while waiting for a bus on the evening of 22 April 1993.

Appearing via video-link from Barcelona in front of a High Court judge, Mr Acourt was denied bail.

Ian Cruxton, Head of International Operations for the NCA, said, "Our ability to share information and work at speed with our international partners ensures there is no safe haven for fugitives".

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'Our ability to share information and work at speed with our global partners ensures there is no safe haven for fugitives.

The investigation into Acourt's activities was launched in 2016 by detectives from the Serious and Organised Crime Command.

He is the 81st fugitive found through Operation Captura - a multi-agency initiative involving Britain and Spain.

Steve Reynolds, the NCA's regional head of worldwide operations, told Radio 4's Today Programme that many fugitives "believe they can hide in plain sight" among Spain's large British community.

He was last seen in the United Kingdom in February 2016.

Reynolds said, "We've been looking for Mr Acorn for some considerable time and I think he was taking a lot of trouble to hide".

As well as being wanted for drugs, Acourt was a suspect in the murder of Stephen Lawrence (left).

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