Busted suspected cocaine smuggler linked to Governor of BoG

Busted suspected cocaine smuggler linked to Governor of BoG

- David McDermot, Britain's most wanted cocaine fugitive was arrested at his residence at the affluent Burma Hills in Accra. 

- The 42-year-old is suspected of being a member of an organised crime syndicate and has been on the run for three-years for his connection to a smuggling plot to import £71 million worth of cocaine into the UK.

- According to reports, he was married to the daughter of the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Henry Kofi Wampah.

Busted suspected cocaine smuggler linked to Governor of BoG

David McDermott arrested at home where his wife and toddler lived (photo courtesy ITV)

David McDermott,  a wanted British cocaine fugitive was arrested in Accra this week after an international sting operation. McDermott who hails from Ormskirk, West Lancashire,was being hunted by the National Crime Agency and was finally arrested at his home in the affluent Burma Hills in Accra.

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According to Mirror Online, the 42-year-old is married and has a child with the daughter of Henry Kofi Wampah, Governor of the Bank of Ghana.  He is suspected of being a member of an organised crime syndicate from Liverpool, and  has been on the run for three-years for his connection to a smuggling plot to import £71 million worth of cocaine into the UK.

Sources close to the investigation say that  McDermott who married Ramona Wampah,  was living the life of an African king and had settled well into life in Ghana. He and Ramona lived under the radar with their toddler but there are now serious questions as to how much information the Wampah family knew about McDermott's background.

A source told the Daily Mirror that, "He plans to fight his case tooth and nail and has hired a set of lawyers to appeal his extradition. If he can avoid coming back to the UK, he absolutely will do it, and he's got the money and connections to fight it."

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The source further added: "Tracking down David has been a relentless task, the British High Commission in Accra has been working tirelessly with Ghana's Bureau of National Investigations and with the police in the UK in a joint operation that has been swift and successful."

The Ghanaian police acting on a tip off stepped into arrest David in conjunction with British officials. They have since began their extradition application.

McDermott and his gang are believed to be responsible for a failed smuggling operation discovered by Border Force at Tilbury Docks in May 2013.  During the sting, officers seized 400kg of cocaine smuggled into the country in a container of frozen Argentinian beef.

David McDermott is also wanted for conspiracy to blackmail. He is currently being held in custody by the Ghanaian authorities. His arrest means that 76 out of 86 fugitives on the Captura list have now been caught.

 

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