A Liverpool man who escaped prison after being convicted for his part in a drug smuggling plot has been arrested in Spain

A 29-year-old man from Liverpool who

plotted to smuggle £345m of drugs into Ireland using an inflatable boat has

been arrested in Spain after escaping prison last year.

Gerard Hagan was originally jailed in 2008 for

10 years after a boat loaded with cocaine overturned off the Irish coast.

The boat’s engine failed after the tank was

filled with diesel instead of petrol. 

Hagan was captured by Spanish police on

Thursday after leaving a gym in the Estepona area of the Costa del Sol.

During his trial, the court heard how a

catamaran had first been used to transport the drugs from Barbados and later

transferred to the smaller vessel.

Strong winds and 3m swells caused the

inflatable boat to capsize after the engine cut out, leaving bales of cocaine

floating in the sea.

Dave Allen from the National Crime

Agency (NCA) told the BBC: “This arrest is a result of close working with

the Spanish national police. It demonstrates the NCA and its partners have the

capability to pursue fugitives relentlessly.”

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