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‘Most Wanted’ crook cuffed over drug crimes in Scotland after 7 years on the run


A criminal put on the UK’s ‘Most Wanted’ list over drug offences in Scotland has been arrested after seven years on the run.

Mark Quinn, who has been wanted by police since 2014, was arrested on October 8 in Maastricht, Holland, during a joint operation involving the National Crime Agency (NCA), Scottish police and local officers.

Quinn was first identified as a wanted man back in 2014 in relation to a drug conspiracy in Scotland, reports Liverpool Echo.

In 2019, the 57-year-old’s mugshot was splashed across the side of a van driven around Spain’s Costa del Sol as part of a mass campaign to catch suspects thought to be abroad.

Quinn, from Merseyside, spent years working with young boxers in and has worked with some of the biggest names in British boxing.

He will now face extradition proceedings back to the UK, police have said.

A spokesperson for the NCA said: “A man listed on the National Crime Agency’s ‘most wanted’ list has been arrested in the Netherlands.

“57-year-old Mark Francis Quinn was apprehended in Maastricht (8 October) as a result of joint working between the NCA’s international network, Dutch police and Police Scotland.

“He is wanted over drug offences allegedly committed in Scotland between 2013 and 2014, and will now face extradition proceedings.

“Quinn is the 87th person detained as part of Operation Captura, the agency’s most wanted campaign run in conjunction with Crimestoppers.”

NCA deputy director Matt Horne said: “This operation has once again demonstrated that the NCA can reach outside the UK’s borders to track down and apprehend wanted fugitives.

“It should serve as a warning to those remaining on our most wanted list. We have a global reach, we never give up, and they can never rest easy.”

Police Scotland Assistant Chief Constable Pat Campbell said: “I am grateful for the assistance of our law enforcement partners, including the National Crime Agency, in arresting the man who is wanted in Scotland for drugs offences

“He will now be subject to extradition proceedings and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

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