‘UK’s most wanted’ cocaine baron arrested during daylight raid on Benidorm hotel

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A top British cocaine lord has been arrested by cops during a raid on a hotel in Benidorm, police in Spain have announced.

Suspect Louis James Edwards, 44, is one of the most wanted men in the UK and was caught by Civil Guard officers on June 21.

The 44-year-old is listed as one of Crimestoppers' most wanted crooks and was filmed being led barefoot in shorts and a T-shirt through a public square by two officers, who later gave him trainers.

He is believed to have led a criminal network that distributed cocaine all over southern England.

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In a second raid, another suspect – Dutch national Cornelis Korfet, 35 – was seized in nearby L'Alfas del Pi a day later.

An official video of shaven-headed Korfet's arrest shows him trying to flee through a cafe after enjoying breakfast with pals.

Korfet is wanted for attempted murder by Dutch police, who say he carried out a revenge shooting in a gang war, seriously injuring two victims.

A Civil Guard statement said: "Although the first investigations for the location of (Edwards) were activated in the province of Malaga, the trail followed by the agents took them to the province of Alicante…

"Where they had important indications of the presence of the fugitive, further reinforced by having knowledge of the imminent transfer of relatives of the fugitive to that province.

"After close surveillance of this family group, the investigation focused on a hotel in Benidorm (Alicante), where he was located and arrested."

And of Korfet, the Civil Guard said: "The rapid collaboration between the Dutch police and the Civil Guard made it possible to locate this person in the province of Alicante, where it was confirmed that this same person had already been arrested on three occasions with different identities, none of them real.

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"Once an intense surveillance on the criminal environment of the fugitive had been established, it was found that he was already using a fourth false identity…

"He was located and arrested in the Alicante municipality of L'Alfas del Pi on June, having recently arrived from Barcelona."

The Civil Guard did not provide any information about the men's possible extradition to the UK and the Netherlands or how many years they face in jail if convicted.


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