Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Convicted drugs baron on the run

Drugs baron and convicted fraudster Martin Evans has once again gone on the run, police confirmed (Gwent Police/PA)

A drugs baron and convicted fraudster has once again gone on the run, police have confirmed.

Disgraced former Swansea businessman Martin Evans, 49, was given a prison sentence of 21 years and three months for his part in a multi-million pound drug smuggling operation.

He was then later given a separate eight year jail term for failing to comply with a £4.5 million confiscation order.

Before being brought to justice for an ostrich farm scam, Evans fled to Spain where he started a new life as a drugs dealer.

Wiltshire Police admitted Evans had broken the terms of a three-day temporary release by failing to return to prison and have now launched a public appeal to trace his whereabouts.

A spokesman said: "Martin Evans, originally from South Wales, has been an inmate at Erlestoke prison since 2006.

"He was released on temporary licence to an address in Swansea, between August 5 and 8, but failed to return.

"Substantial inquiries have been carried out with many agencies including circulation of his details and photograph to all forces, circulation as wanted on the police national computer, and financial and intelligence checks."

It is not the first time the former Welsh businessman of the year has been on the run from the authorities.

Days before he was to face justice for swindling 115 investors out of their savings in an ostrich farm scam, he fled to Spain with his mistress.

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