On-the-run criminal from Northern Ireland captured in Spain

The NCA

The NCA

An on-the-run Northern Irish drug dealer has been captured.

Coleraine man Mark Dunford, 41, has been arrested in Spain on a European Arrest Warrant.

He is due to appear in court in Northern Ireland on Wednesday.

He is originally from Waterford but with an address at Ballylagan Lane, Coleraine.

Dunford was due to be sentenced for his part in illegal drugs supply in Coleraine and Ballymena after police officers seized almost £900,000 worth of drugs in September 2012.

He had admitted had admitted supplying amphetamines, but failed to appear in court for his sentencing in February last year.

The officer leading the investigation, Detective Inspector Tom McClure, from Reactive and Organised Crime Branch, said: “Mark Dunford was arrested in Spain on Saturday, June 25, as a result of our continued enquiries and assistance from colleagues in the National Crime Agency and Spanish police.”

He will now appear at Ballymena Magistrates Court and a date for his sentencing at Crown Court will be set.