National Crime Agency
Wanted Birmingham man arrested in Amsterdam after nearly eight years on the run
A Birmingham drug trafficker has been arrested in Amsterdam after nearly eight years on the run.
Mark Liscott, (59) from Great Barr, was jailed in 2005 for the large-scale supply of cannabis resin in the Midlands, but fled after being released on licence in 2012.
Liscott was apprehended on the morning of 24 June following an Amsterdam Police operation.
Officers, acting on intelligence that drugs were being traded, raided a house in the centre of the city.
Liscott attempted to evade capture by jumping across neighbouring balconies whilst carrying around 18,000 Euros in cash. However, he was successfully apprehended.
Liscott is wanted by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) in the UK.
He is required to serve the remainder of his nine-year prison sentence, and is suspected of involvement in other drugs offences following his release on licence.
Liscott was made a subject of Operation Return, the NCA and Crimestoppers campaign targeting UK fugitives potentially on the run in the Netherlands.
Paula Pinches, Head of the NCA’s International Crime Bureau, yesterday said:
“Despite his best efforts, the arrest of Mark Liscott shows once again that international law enforcement agencies will catch up with long-time fugitives from UK justice.
“However long they’ve been on the run and however protected they feel within criminal circles abroad, we never stop working to ensure there is a reckoning for them.
“The NCA operates globally to fight serious and organised crime, and to protect the UK public from the violence and exploitation that that results from the class A drugs trade.”
Detective Chief Superintendent Dave Kirby, Head of EMSOU, yesterday said:
“Despite the current pandemic, the dogged determination of international and UK law enforcements agencies hasn't stopped and a great amount of effort went into tracking down Mark Liscott.
“It is extremely satisfying, not only to the officers who worked on the original case, but to those who have been pursuing Liscott since he became one of Britain’s most wanted fugitives. Regardless of how much time has passed, Liscott has always been on our radar, and I’m glad his criminal exploits have now caught up with him.”
Latest News from
National Crime Agency
Two face prosecution following NCA investigation into NAMA property deal06/08/2020 16:15:00
Two men are to be prosecuted over alleged fraud offences as part of the NCA investigation into the sale of the National Asset Management Agency’s Northern Ireland property loan book.
Driver jailed for lorry cocaine stash05/08/2020 11:15:00
A man who tried to smuggle cocaine worth almost a million pounds into the UK has been jailed for six years and nine months.
Three charged in international drug investigation linked to Encrochat03/08/2020 11:10:00
Three men have been charged in the UK and Netherlands, and over 50 kilos of class A drugs have been seized following a joint operation involving the National Crime Agency and Dutch law enforcement.
Driver arrested as part of Scottish drug supply investigation03/08/2020 09:05:00
A lorry driver from Scotland has been arrested following the seizure of around 150 kilos of cannabis at the UK-France border
Five arrested by NCA officers over Rotherham abuse allegations31/07/2020 14:15:00
Five men have been arrested in connection with allegations of abuse relating to four girls in Rotherham.
Teaching assistant bought online child abuse with Amazon vouchers30/07/2020 15:43:00
A teaching assistant bought an online catalogue of child sexual abuse using £365 of Amazon vouchers.
Two jailed for West London cocaine handover30/07/2020 11:15:00
Two men have been jailed after being caught in a £700,000 drugs handover while under investigation by the joint NCA and Metropolitan Police Service Organised Crime Partnership (OCP).
Operation Venetic: Liverpool man charged in connection with acid attack and shots fired in Merseyside27/07/2020 16:15:00
A man from Liverpool, arrested as part of National Crime Agency-led Operation Venetic, has been charged with a possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and three counts of conspiring to cause grievous bodily harm.
Two convicted in France as part of cross-Channel people smuggling investigation27/07/2020 12:43:00
Two people, one of whom is British, have been convicted and jailed in France as a result of close working between the UK-French authorities in people smuggling investigation involving the National Crime Agency.