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Two 'drug trafficking fugitives' are captured in Europe

By Nina Massey

Two fugitives who featured on the UK's most wanted list on suspicion of drug trafficking have been captured in Europe within 24 hours of each other.

Jayson McDonald was found hiding under a bed in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, while Paul Monk was captured at his luxury villa in the holiday hotspot of Alicante on the Spanish coast.

They were arrested as part of Operation Captura, a drive launched in 2006 by the National Crime Agency, Crimestoppers and Spanish authorities to catch suspects who had fled from the UK.

Monk (54), from Romford in Essex, was overseeing workmen laying a marble patio around his swimming pool when armed police swooped at the address where an imitation firearm with silencer and €125,000 were recovered.

On Wednesday morning McDonald (37), from west London, was apprehended as part of a separate joint investigation with the Dutch National Police.

McDonald had been hiding in Spain but he based himself in the Netherlands after officers raided a property in Malaga last month.

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