A man wanted for his alleged involvement in multi-tonne cocaine importations from South America to Germany has been arrested by the National Crime Agency.

The 44-year-old man was apprehended this morning (Wed 16 June) after NCA officers tracked him down to an address in Woolwich, South East London, on behalf of the Bundeskriminalamt in Germany.

He is believed to have a significant role in an Albanian and German organised crime group behind cocaine importations over a number of years, who

have associates in South America and across Europe to facilitate the movement of drugs.

Deputy Director Andrea Wilson, from the National Crime Agency, said: “This man has gone to great lengths to evade law enforcement both in Germany and the UK, which included using the encrypted comms platform EncroChat to communicate with his associates.

“His arrest is the culmination of great collaborative work between the NCA and our colleagues in the BKA, and highlights how we are working together with partners to target and dismantle the organised crime groups responsible for bringing drugs to our streets.

“We know that Western Balkan crime groups have a presence at all stages of the cocaine supply chain, from South America to the UK. They play a significant role in the wholesale movement of cocaine, and we will not stop in our endeavours to identify those involved and disrupt their activity.”

16 June 2021