The suspected British drug baron, David McDermott, who has been nabbed in Ghana is said to hold a Ghanaian passport.
According to prosecutors, the fugitive was arrested in an international sting operation at his home in the affluent Burma Hills area of the capital, Accra last week.
[contextly_sidebar id=”DOywjWcNjVing2xACX9GJ0qmXRuzPvRj”]They claim his Ghanaian passport captured his name as David Smith who operates a mining firm in the Eastern Region.
Mr. McDermott, who has been on the run from UK authorities for some years now, is married to the step-daughter of the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Kofi Wampah.
He was on Monday arraigned and charged with the offense of dealing in prohibited drugs.
The extradition process is underway to send him back to the UK for his trial to commence.
The suspect is said to be a member of an organised crime syndicate from Liverpool, and he has been on the run for three-years after being part of a plot to import £71 million worth of cocaine into the UK.
McDermott’s gang is believed to be responsible for the failed smuggling operation discovered by Border Force at Tilbury Docks in May 2013, when officers seized 400kg (881Ibs) of cocaine smuggled into the country in a container of frozen Argentinian beef.
Another British murder suspect captured in Ghana
This is the second time a suspected British criminal, has been arrested in Ghana this year alone.
The first one was Arthur Simpson-Kent who thought Ghana was a safe haven to hide after he allegedly murdered his girlfriend and two kids in the UK.
He was arrested at his hideout at Busua near Takoradi in the Western Region on January 9, 2016.
Simpson-Kent was extradited to the UK on 11th February 2016.
By: Godwin A. Allotey & Fred Djabanor/citifmonline.com/Ghana