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Brit drug trafficker, 40, arrested in Alicante 

One of the UK’s most wanted criminals has been found hiding on the Costa Blanca, just days before the Spanish National Crime Agency and UK charity Crimestoppers revealed their latest “top ten”.

The 40-year-old fugitive, originally from Hemel Hempstead, was being sought for his alleged involvement in trafficking drugs and pschotic substances in Britain.

Police believe he had been on the run in Spain for at least a year, originally fleeing to the Malaga coast and then to Levante.

He was arrested following a lengthy undercover operation in Alfaz del Pi in Valencia.

At this stage, he has been only identified by his initials of L.W.

“He will be facing at least ten years in prison,” said a spokesman for the Civil Guard.

The suspect was the subject of a European Arrest Warrant, carried out as part of the ongoing “Operation Capture” which has just issued details of ten more wanted fugitives believed to be in Spain.

Alicante is a favourite hiding place for UK criminals trying to evade justice.

He will now be extradited back to Britain.