A drug dealer who was caught in a strip club in Marbella and considered one of Merseyside's most wanted has finally been jailed.
Dominic McInally, from Formby had been on the run for six years when he was eventually caught in February 2020 at Casa Masa strip club.
The -30-year-old was part of a gang that Merseyside Police believed rolled in more than £1million every month through their criminal endeavours, reports the BBC.
The British fugitive was on the run and thought to be in Spain after six kilograms of cocaine was found in a car stopped by officers in Formby in 2014.
While five men were jailed in connection with the crime, McInally was, unfortunately, able to evade punishment.
On Wednesday, March 31, McInally was jailed for 12 years at Liverpool Crown Court after he was found guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine earlier this month.
The arrest and eventual conviction was part of a joint operation between Merseyside Police, the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Spanish National Police called Operation Captura, which hunts down wanted fugitives.
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Kathryn Clarke, Head of the National Crime Agency’s International Crime Bureau, said: “NCA officers, with the support of Merseyside Police and the Spanish National Police, tracked McInally down and he was arrested at a nightclub in Spain.
“Through our Operation Captura fugitives campaign, we’ve now apprehended 85 people hiding out overseas, including McInally.
“Criminals who flee the country thinking they can evade capture are no less a priority for law enforcement. The NCA will do all in its power to track fugitives down, and see that they are returned to the UK to face justice.”
Speaking after the sentencing Merseyside Police Assistant Chief Constable Ian Critchley said: “McInally thought he could evade law enforcement. But there can be no hiding place when forces and agencies work well together to bring criminals to justice.
"He will now perhaps take time to reflect on the risks he took and the harm he caused, while serving his significant jail time."
“I hope that the sentence sends a message to criminals who think that they are untouchable and can hide from justice – we will not hesitate to track you down and put you before the courts.
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