Suspected drug boss arrested in Spain

A SUSPECTED British drug trafficking boss, who is listed among Britain’s 10 most wanted fugitives, has been arrested in Spain.

Police detained Michael Roden, also known by his nickname “Dodge”, and six other suspects earlier this month in the southwestern province of Granada.

Roden, a suspected member of an organised crime group, is wanted by British police in connection with the import of 70kg of dagga into Britain from Spain in 2013.

He was convicted in October 2010 in Britain of large-scale production of dagga and jailed for three years.

Roden, who is originally from Redditch in Worcestershire and was released early the following year, failed to meet his probation conditions and is wanted for recall into prison.

Spanish police detained the suspects as part of a probe into an organisation suspected of smuggling dagga into several European Union nations, mainly Britain.

“The drugs, which were of a high quality and vacuum packed, were transported using different types of vehicles,” police said.

The seven were charged with membership in a criminal organisation, drug trafficking, money laundering, illegal arms possession and document falsification.

Police seized 30kg of dagga as part of their operations, as well as guns and cars, and more than ß85 000 (R1.3-million).

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