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.

Latest Crime news

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Do you recognise any of these people?

A gang of unruly West Ham fans caused havoc on a train from London to Manchester after breaking into a buffet car to nick as much alcohol as they could.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Robbers smashed in the shop's windows  (File photo: Paul O'Driscoll/Getty Images)

An audacious gang of robbers smashed their way into a jewellers at Brent Cross shopping centre this morning - and fled with their loot on bicycles and on foot.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
This picture of the London Air Ambulance was tweeted with the caption:

The London Air Ambulance rushed a teenage boy to hospital in West Norwood today after he was stabbed on a bus eyewitnesses say was packed with schoolchildren.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
The fight is understood to have broken out over a game of football (Photo: Petey21)

A man was stabbed outside the King’s Arms pub in Mitcham on Sunday night in what police believe was a row over a game of football in the beer garden.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Police want to identify these men (Photo: Metropolitan Police)

Police are hunting two men who attacked three people to steal laptops that had been advertised on Gumtree - including a nine-year-old boy

Friday, April 29, 2016
These deadly weapons have been seized in Brent over the last 24 hours (Pic: Twitter@MPSBrent)

It might look like a harmless torch but this is actually a disguised Taser which has been seized by Brent Police.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more
Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport