UK police have issued a call for any information that may lead to the whereabouts of these 12 fugitives in Spain
(From top left to right) Benjamin Macann, Jack Mayle, Callum Halpin, Asim Naveed, John James Jones, Callum Allan, Dean Garforth, Joshua Dillon Hendry, Mark Roberts, James Stevenson, Nana Oppong and Calvin Parris
Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) and Spanish officials have released a joint appeal for any information to help capture 12 of Britain’s most-wanted suspects believed to be hiding in Spain.
The list includes men wanted for murder and drug trafficking, many of whom are hiding out on the Costa del Sol.
Steve Rodhouse from the NCA insisted that Spain was “not a safe haven” for criminals and that “fugitives usually continue offending while on the run and these men will be known in criminal circles wherever they are” so the last thing they would want was both UK and Spanish law enforcement focusing on them.
This appeal, which also has the support of independent charity CrimeStoppers, Spanish law enforcement and UK police, comes after a previous campaign targeting fugitives, called Operation Captura, resulted in the arrests of 86 offenders.
Here’s the full list of the 12 most-wanted UK criminals in Spain:
1. Nana Oppong, 41
Wanted for the drive-by killing of grandfather Robert Powell, 50, in Essex after shooting him eight times on June 13 2020.
Last known address: Newham, east London
2. Callum Halpin, 27
Sought in connection with the 2018 killing of gang rival Luke Graham, 31, in a Manchester turf war, and the attempted murder of Anton Verigotta.
Last known address: Beede Street, Openshaw, Manchester
Has links to: Spain and Turkey
3. Jack Mayle, 30
Wanted for selling class A drug MDMA and other illicit substances via a phone line in Croydon, south London.
Authorities say he was heavily tattooed when he left the UK, including a diamond under his left eye and another tattoo reading “Croydon” on the outside of his left forearm.
Last known address: Caterham, Surrey.
4. Asim Naveed, 29
Wanted for being the leader of a drug smuggling gang that brought 46kg of cocaine, worth nearly £8m, into Wales between February and June 2020.
He is described as being of muscular build, 6ft 2in tall, with a surgical scar along his left wrist.
Last known addresses: Butetown and Pentwyn, Cardiff
5. Calvin Parris, 32
Asim Naveed’s customer, accused of selling cocaine in Cardiff, he has gold upper teeth.
Last known addresses: Ely, Sully and Barry in Cardiff
6. James “Jamie” Stevenson, 56
Scotsman wanted following the seizure of about one tonne of cocaine at the Port of Dover in September 2020, and 28 million Etizolam “street Valium” tablets in Kent in June 2020, and in connection with two suspected arson attacks in Lanarkshire and the Forth Valley in May 2020.
7. Benjamin Macann, 32
Wanted for involvement in a cocaine dealing gang.
Last known address: Beetley, Norfolk
Has links to: Barcelona
8. John James Jones, 31
Wanted for allegedly stabbing two people multiple times, causing serious injuries.
Last known address: Aughton, Lancashire
Has links to: Madrid and Ibiza
9. Callum Michael Allan, 23
Wanted for drug dealing, as well as assaulting an emergency worker, affray and dangerous driving.
Last known address: South Shields
10. Dean Garforth, 29
Sought by Cheshire Police as part of a crime gang selling guns and drugs, and for using the secret phone network Encrochat, which was brought down in an international sting, to carry out his crimes.
Last known address: Dingle, Liverpool
11. Joshua Dillon Hendry, 30
Wanted for trafficking heroin and crack cocaine from Liverpool to Grimsby.
Last known address: Walton, Liverpool
12. Mark Francis Roberts, 28
Liverpudlian sought for grievous bodily harm and attempted robbery in 2016. He allegedly threatened his victim with a knife on his driveway in a bid to steal his 60,000-pound Richard Mille watch. When the victim refused to hand it over, the pair stabbed him multiple times, leaving him with a collapsed lung and needing treatment in intensive care.
Anyone with information about the fugitives is urged to call Crimestoppers anonymously in the UK on 0800 555 111 or from Spain on 900 926 111, or go online at crimestoppers-uk.org/fugitives
Source: Murcia Today