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The fugitive drug trafficker who was on the run for seven years is arrested by police at the age of 45

The fugitive “drug trafficker” who was on the run for seven years and was on the list of the most wanted National Crime Agency, is arrested by police at 45

  • Ex-fugitive David John Walley appeared before magistrates in Manchester today
  • He was wanted for the trade in cocaine, MDMA and possession of a false ID
  • A separate investigation accused him of possessing heroin and cocaine for the purpose of supplying and possession of £ 150,000 in criminal property

A fugitive who was on the National Crime Agency’s most wanted list for drug trafficking was arrested by police at age 45.

David John Walley had been sought by the NCA since 2013 for cocaine and MDMA trafficking and for possession of false identity documents.

He was arrested by the Greater Manchester Police on Thursday at a property in Alderley Edge on Thursday and appeared at the Manchester Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.

Walley, from Stockport, has been accused of arranging for large-scale cocaine imports to Manchester between November 2012 and 2013.

In the photo: David John Walley at the time of a previous arrest. Walley is accused of importing large amounts of heroin, cocaine and MDMA between 2012 and 2013 and possession of false documents in 2014

In the photo: David John Walley at the time of a previous arrest. Walley is accused of importing large amounts of heroin, cocaine and MDMA between 2012 and 2013 and possession of false documents in 2014

He was also found in the Netherlands in 2014 with a false ID, a year after he claimed a European arrest warrant was issued for him.

In a separate investigation by the Greater Manchester Police, Walley was also charged with possession intended to supply cocaine and heroin, and possession of £ 150,000 in criminal property.

The arrest is one of more than 100 made by the NCA during the coronavirus closure – for a wide variety of crimes such as rape, drug trafficking and exploitation.

NCA operations manager Jon Hughes said, “Walley has been on the run for seven years, but law enforcement officers don’t forget the fugitives.

“The NCA will continuously pursue fugitives and use our international reach and domestic partnerships to ensure that wanted criminals live lives of great fear.

Pictured: Manchester Magistrate's Court, where Walley appeared today for alleged Class A drug trafficking

Pictured: Manchester Magistrate's Court, where Walley appeared today for alleged Class A drug trafficking

Pictured: Manchester Magistrate’s Court, where Walley appeared today for alleged Class A drug trafficking

“In this case, GMP has done a wonderful job of arresting a suspect who was wanted as part of an NCA investigation.”

Detective Danny Inglis of the Greater Manchester Police added, “I hope this arrest shows that enforcement agencies are working together to take the wanted people into custody.

No matter how long it has been since an alleged crime, we are always ready to support colleagues in detecting fugitives.

“In the current climate, there has been additional pressure on the police and frontline workers and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved who work incredibly hard every day to serve and protect the public.”

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