[h1]Most wanted UK drug trafficker Michael Eddleston hands himself in[/h1]
UK crime-fighting charity, Crimestoppers, can confirm that one of the most wanted men under Operation Captura, Michael Eddleston, handed himself in to the British Consulate in Majorca this afternoon.
Eddleston, born in Doncaster and wanted by South Yorkshire Police, was featured under Operation Captura, a campaign to track down UK criminals on the run in Spain.
*He was wanted in connection with three counts of illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.
Eddleston is the first of ten most wanted appeals, launched 23 September in Malaga, to be arrested.
Crimestoppers' Founder and Chair, Lord Ashcroft, KCMG said: "To have a wanted individual hand themselves in within a week of the launch of Operation Captura is a fantastic result.
"It clearly shows that by publicising the faces of these men, the media can play a key role in flushing dangerous criminals out of hiding. Although criminals can run, as a result of Operation Captura, they can't hide for long.
"Don't forget there are still nine most wanted men on this list, if you have any information on them please call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or 900 555 111 if calling from Spain, and help us track down more of these criminals."
The British Ambassador in Spain, Dame Denise Holt DCMG, added: "The arrest of one of the most wanted British criminals in Spain is great news and another example of how the close cooperation between the UK and Spain on security matters works. I want to give a special thanks to Crimestoppers, the Spanish Ministry of Interior and to the Spanish police forces for their continued support."
Operation Captura identifies serious criminals wanted by UK law enforcement agencies for crimes committed in the UK. Crimestoppers and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) work closely with British Embassy Madrid, British and Spanish law enforcement agencies.
Published Date: 29 September 2009