‘Britain’s most wanted cocaine lord’ arrested in Benidorm after police raid his hotel

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‘Britain’s most wanted cocaine lord’ arrested in Benidorm after police raid his hotel

  • Suspect Louis Edwards, 44, was arrested by Civil Guard officers on June 21
  • He allegedly ran a network that distributed cocaine throughout the south of England
  • In a second raid, another suspect – Dutch national Cornelis Korfet – was arrested

A British drug lord dubbed one of Britain’s most wanted men has been arrested in Benidorm after a raid by Spanish police.

Suspect Louis James Edwards, 44, was arrested by Civil Guard officers at a hotel in Benidorm on June 21.

In a second raid, another suspect – Dutch national Cornelis Korfet, 35 – was arrested near L’Alfàs del Pi a day later.

Official video of the arrest of the shaved-headed Korfet shows him fleeing through a cafe while having lunch with friends.

Edwards – in a second video – is shown barefoot through a square in Benidorm by two officers in shorts and a T-shirt.

Suspect Louis James Edwards, 44, was arrested by Civil Guard officers at a hotel in Benidorm on June 21

Edwards is listed as one of Crimestoppers' most wanted criminals

Edwards is listed as one of Crimestoppers’ most wanted criminals

By the time he arrives at the police station in handcuffs, the police have found trainers for him and he is seen locked in a cell.

Edwards is listed as one of Crimestoppers’ most wanted criminals.

He is believed to have run a criminal network that distributed cocaine throughout southern England.

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

A statement from the Civil Guard said: “Although the first investigations to locate this person were activated in the province of Malaga, the trail followed by the agents led them to the province of Alicante, where they had important indications of the presence of the fugitive, reinforced by the knowledge of the imminent transfer of relatives of the fugitive to this province, the latter thanks to the close collaboration of the Civil Guard with the British NCA (National Crime Agency).

In a video, Edwards is shown barefoot through a square in Benidorm by two officers in shorts and a t-shirt

In a video, Edwards is shown barefoot through a square in Benidorm by two officers in shorts and a t-shirt

He is believed to have led a criminal network which distributed cocaine throughout the south of England

He is believed to have led a criminal network which distributed cocaine throughout the south of England

In a second raid, another suspect - Dutch national Cornelis Korfet, 35 - was arrested near L'Alfàs del Pi a day later.

In a second raid, another suspect – Dutch national Cornelis Korfet, 35 – was arrested near L’Alfàs del Pi a day later.

“After close monitoring of this family group, the investigation focused on a hotel in Benidorm (Alicante), where LJE was located and arrested.”

He continues: “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 three times with different identities, none of them real, the first two in the said province and the third in Barcelona.

“Once intense surveillance of the fugitive’s criminal environment was established, it was found that he was already using a fourth false identity, and he was located and arrested in the Alicante municipality of L’Alfas del Pi on June 22, having recently arrived from Barcelona.

The Civil Guard has not provided any information on the men’s possible extradition to the UK and the Netherlands or the number of years in prison they face if found guilty.

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