9237134291?profile=originalBy Gangsters Inc. Editors

The suspected leader of a gang, that is allegedly behind the importation of firearms into the United Kingdom, was arrested by Dutch police on Christmas day as he sat down for dinner at a restaurant in the Hague. 28-year-old Daniel Burdett (photo above), from Liverpool, was detained on a European arrest warrant after 5 years on the run.

The arrest was part of a National Crime Agency investigation (NCA) into a crime group thought to be using corrupt truck drivers to smuggle firearms and ammunition from the Netherlands into Great Britain.

Burdett, who is also wanted by Merseyside Police for drug offences, is facing ten charges of “conspiracy to import firearms and conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs”. One man has already been jailed for eight years in connection with this investigation and another is currently awaiting trial.

“The arrest of one of our long-standing fugitives is a fantastic result,” Mark Spoors, NCA Branch Commander, told reporters. “Burdett thought he could evade the law by exploiting international borders, but his arrest shows that no matter where you are, we will catch up with you. Other fugitives should pay attention to this and remember how determined UK law enforcement is. Thanks to the coordinated response by the Dutch police and Merseyside Police Burdett is now facing extradition to the UK. The public can be assured that the NCA is relentlessly pursuing those suspected of causing the most harm to the UK – even on Christmas day.”

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