Police hunt drugs fugitive with links to Devon
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Crimestoppers has launched an appeal to track down Stephen Blundell, who has links to Devon and believed to be hiding in Spain.
CRIMESTOPPERS has released an appeal to hunt 13 wanted fugitives believed to be hiding in Spain – including one with links to Devon.
Stephen Blundell, 35, is wanted for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, and was convicted for being principal organizer of his own heroin supply chain.
Blundell regularly arranged for heroin to be supplied from Liverpool to Devon, and is now believed to be hiding in Spain after skipping his sentencing hearing.
Detective Constable Jason Braund, of Devon and Cornwall Police said Blundell’s ring stretched as far as Honiton, Axminster, Tiverton and Exeter.
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He said: “He was arrested in Liverpool but one of his couriers and his cousin were arrested in Tiverton with half a kilo of heroin on them.
“He regularly visited Devon and had family in Devon and Cornwall for several years.”
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The search for the Liverpudlian and 12 other wanted individuals is on the multi-agency Operation Captura campaign list.
Crimestoppers and the National Crime Agency (NCA) are working closely with the Foreign and Commonwealth office in Madrid and with British and Spanish law enforcement agencies.
This is the eight appeal to launch as part of the ongoing campaign which highlights information on criminals who have European Arrest Warrants.
Lord Ashcroft, founder and chairman of Crimestoppers, said: “The fact we are able to once again launch Operation Captura is an indication of how successful the last seven years have been since its inception.
“However, despite our success so far, there are still a number of dangerous criminals who see Spain as a safe haven to hide from their past, but with the support of the Spanish and UK public, we can hunt them out and bring them to justice.”
Since Captura was launch, 53 fugitives have been launch and many more linked to other operations.
Stephen Pearce, Crimestoppers’ chairman for Devon & Cornwall, said: “Blundell has committed some very serious drug offences, so why should we let him get away with not serving his sentence?
“The answer is, we shouldn’t, and I would urge anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on our 0800 555 111 number of by filling out our anonymous online form on our website.”
For a full list of the 13 individuals featured as part of the campaign please visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org/opcaptura.