Fugitive wanted since 2014 appears in court charged with drug trafficking

9 June 2018

A man who was wanted by the National Crime Agency in connection with an attempt to import 15 kilos of cocaine has appeared in court.

Michael Lloyd, 31, originally from the East London/Essex area was arrested by the Spanish National Police in Barcelona on 14 May. He had been wanted by the NCA since September 2014.

Lloyd was located during a joint operation with the Spanish authorities to track down a separate fugitive, Jamie Acourt, wanted by the Metropolitan Police as part of an investigation into unrelated offences.

Spanish police found that the two men were residing together in Barcelona. The NCA confirmed Lloyd was also wanted and obtained a European Arrest Warrant so he could be arrested.

Lloyd was extradited back to the UK and appeared before Birmingham Magistrates on the 8th June where he was remanded in custody until his next court appearance at Birmingham Crown Court on 6 July.

Steve Reynolds, Regional Head of International Operations for the NCA said:

“Once again our ability to work closely and quickly with international partners led to this arrest and extradition back to the UK. There is no safe haven for fugitives.”

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