One of Britain’s most wanted men accused of plotting to import hundreds of tons of cocaine into the UK every week is caught fleeing Dubai after eight years
- Michael Paul Moogan, 35, had been linked to an international drug trafficking probe
- Moogan starred in the National Crime Agency’s Most Wanted Fugitive Campaign
- Police believe he was linked to a cartel that imported drugs from Latin America and brought them to Europe after they raided a cafe in Rotterdam in 2013.
- Moogan, from Liverpool, was detained in Dubai after eight years on the run
One of Britain’s most wanted men, on the run for eight years from his involvement in an international drug trafficking plot, has been arrested in Dubai.
Michael Paul Moogan, 35, eluded international police for eight years using a number of false identities revealed by the National Crime Agency (NCA) today.
He was featured in Operation Captura’s Most Wanted Fugitive Campaign after a 2013 raid on a Dutch cafe used as a front by an international drug cartel.
Operation Captura is a multi-agency operation to detain criminals wanted by British police who are hiding abroad.
Moogan, from Liverpool, is the 86th person arrested during Operation Captura – an NCA fugitive campaign run in conjunction with Crimestoppers.
He was arrested in Dubai on April 21 this year as a result of a joint operation by the Dubai police and the NCA.
One of Britain’s most wanted men, Michael Paul Moogan (pictured), has been detained in Dubai and will be extradited to the UK to face trial over drug trafficking.
Moogan had been on the run since a raid on a café in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, which was suspected of being used as a cover for meetings between drug traffickers and cartels.
The cafe was at the center of a plot to bring hundreds of kilos of cocaine to the UK every week.
In collaboration with the Dutch National Investigation Service, the NCA learned of information linking Moogan and two other British men to Café de Ketel – a company not open to the public that could only be entered through a security system.
During the raid, investigators found small arms, a radio scanner, hundreds of thousands of euros, a money counting machine and dozens of cell phones.
In other raids in Rotterdam, the police also seized two machine guns.
NCA officials suspected Moogan and his associates were involved in plans to import drugs from Latin America into the EU.
At the time of the raid, only one of the men, Robert Hamilton, 71, from Manchester, was to be found.
He was jailed for eight years in 2014 after being found guilty of drug charges.
Pictured: Robert Gerrard was sentenced to 14 years in prison for drug trafficking in 2017
The other man, Robert Gerard, 57, from Liverpool, turned himself in to the NCA after three years on the run, claiming the pressure was too high.
He pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges and was sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2017.
Moogan is the 86th person arrested during Operation Captura – an NCA fugitive campaign conducted in conjunction with Crimestoppers.
NCA officers determined that Moogan was using numerous false identities to avoid arrest.
Dubai police believe that after entering the UAE with a different identity, he tried to avoid CCTV in an attempt to evade detectives.
Using the latest capabilities, including the Criminal Data Analysis Center, they were able to track him down.
NCA Director of Investigation Nikki Holland said: ‘This arrest is the result of years of investigation involving a range of law enforcement partners in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.
‘We are extremely grateful to those partners for their help in ensuring that Moogan is now entitled and especially thank the Dubai Police Department for their efforts to locate him. He will be returned to the UK to face trial.
“This case should serve as a warning to others on the run from the NCA – we have global reach, we never give up, and they can never stay calm.”
NCA Director General (Operations) Steve Rodhouse added: ‘Moogan’s arrest further reflects the great cooperation between the Dubai Police and the NCA.
“I would like to commend their work, especially detectives from the General Investigation Department in Dubai, who showed exceptional professionalism and were able to use all available techniques to track him down and carry out this operation.”