Independent charity Crimestoppers and the National Crime Agency (NCA) are pleased to confirm the arrest of the 59th individual sought as part of their multi-agency fugitive campaign, Operation Captura.
David Hewson, 32, from Liverpool, was arrested in the Benahavis area of the Costa del Sol yesterday (Wednesday 28th May) in an operation between the NCA, Merseyside Police and the Spanish Police.
Hewson pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine in September 2012 and was sentenced to eleven years in his absence in December of the same year. He had an essential role in a drug supply ring in Liverpool, with police seizing money, drugs, cutting agents and other production equipment during a number of raids across the city in 2010 and 2011. Since then, Merseyside Police has been actively seeking him.
Hewson becomes the 59th wanted individual to be arrested from the 76 appealed for since the campaign launched in 2006. He featured on the most recent campaign appeal, titled ‘The Unlucky 13’, which launched in November last year.
Founder and Chairman of Crimestoppers, Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC, said: “With all the fugitive work Crimestoppers, the NCA and our colleagues abroad have been conducting of late, I am delighted by this latest result.
“Operation Captura continues to be one of the most successful multi-agency fugitive projects anywhere, and it is for this reason that I continue to believe that those still at large, will be caught.”
The National Crime Agency’s Head of Fugitives Unit, Dave Allen, said: "This arrest is the result of close working between the NCA, Merseyside Police and the Spanish authorities. So far, 59 fugitives have been caught since Operation Captura was launched which clearly shows Spain is not a safe haven. The NCA and its partners have the capability to pursue fugitives relentlessly."
To see the remaining 17 individuals wanted as part of the campaign please visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org/opcaptura. If you have any information on their whereabouts please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.