Fugitive drug smuggler from North Yorkshire arrested in Malaga

A drug smuggler who has been on the run for over a year after absconding from an open prison has been arrested in Spain.

Daniel Dobbs
Daniel Dobbs

Daniel Dobbs, 31, from Malton in North Yorkshire was sentenced to 13-and-a-half years in prison in January 2014, after he was convicted of trafficking heroin and amphetamines following an investigation by National Crime Agency officers.

On 2 November 2018 Dobbs, who had been given a serious crime prevention order, went missing from his cell at HMP Hatfield Lakes, a category D open prison in South Yorkshire.

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An appeal was launched to try and find "Dobbo" as he was known to his friends.

Last year the NCA identified him as living in Spain under a false name and on 11 February 2020, after co-operation with Spanish law enforcement, Dobbs was arrested in a Guardia Civil investigation into an underground tobacco factory in Malaga, southern Spain.

Alison Abbott, of the NCA’s offender lifetime management unit, said: “Dobbs’s arrest is a fantastic result and shows the power of our international partnerships.

“British fugitives should know that we will catch up with them no matter where they are.”

Dobbs - who has a “Dobbo” tattoo in the centre of his back and has links to Doncaster, Hornsea and Norfolk - will be returned to the UK once the Spanish investigation and any judicial proceedings have ended.