Man arrested in Greece over west London ‘drugs racket’

09:08 10 July 2013

A British man wanted in connection with a Fulham drugs bust was arrested on Saturday in a Greek pub.

Kevin Hanley, 50, was at the pub in Athens watching the British and Irish Lions match against Australia when Greek and British officers pounced.

He had evaded police capture since November, when officers discovered more than £2million cash and millions of pounds worth of drugs at a property in Fulham.

Officers from Britain’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and the Greek police arrested Hanley on a European warrant for money laundering and conspiracy to supply cocaine, cannabis and amphetamine.

Extradition proceedings are now underway.

Greek Police told the Associated Press that Hanley had gone to “extensive precautions” to try to avoid arrest, with “frequent changes of address, telephones and cars” - using several dual SIM cell phones and coded text messages.

Brendan Foreman, regional head of investigations at SOCA, said: “These arrests were a direct result of our close co-operation with the Greek authorities.

“Operations like this remind the public that SOCA and its partners will stop at nothing to take down those suspected of being involved in drug trafficking.”

Greek national, Chryssi Minadakis, 44, who was living in Fulham at the time of the drugs seizure in November, was also arrested on Saturday.

In the seizure, police found 44.1 pounds (20 kilograms) of cocaine, 33.1 pounds (15 kilograms) of cannabis and 33.1 pounds of amphetamine, as well as £2.1 million in cash.

Five other suspects - four men and one woman - from London, Liverpool, Glasgow and Gloucestershire, have also been arrested in Britain in connection with the operation.

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