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-Come on!

-On the run...

-Get back here!

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-..and over here.

-Hands out now! Hands out!

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When foreign criminals flee their home countries,

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many hide out in the UK.

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-Give me your hands.

-But if they think they're safe, they're wrong.

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'They know they're wanted.

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'A lot of these people are waiting for that knock on the door.'

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But the traffic in fugitives isn't all one way.

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Across Europe, there are hundreds of British criminals

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also trying to escape justice.

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From the sun-drenched Costas

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where the villains seek a life of luxury

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to the busy streets of the Dutch capital

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where many continue their life of crime.

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We join the crack teams hunting them down.

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When you take the risk to come to Amsterdam as a criminal,

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there's a high chance that we catch you.

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When it comes to justice, borders are no barrier.

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You're under arrest under the Extradition Act 2003.

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This is how the police take down the fugitives...

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Police officer!

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..both at home and abroad.

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If you're thinking of running, don't.

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We will find you.

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We will bring you back.

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In today's programme,

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could a man accused of murder during these riots

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now be working in a West London newsagents?

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-Is this your photograph?

-No, sir. This one is not mine.

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In Leeds, officers track down someone

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wanted for people trafficking in Portugal.

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I'm going to arrest you on a European Arrest Warrant issued by

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the Portuguese authorities for an offence of human trafficking.

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-Human Trafficking?

-Human trafficking, yeah.

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And how a major British drugs baron got his comeuppance

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thanks to determined undercover Dutch officers.

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When we heard it was a big fish we said to each other,

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"You can run but you can't hide."

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In West Yorkshire, a two-man team are out

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to find and arrest foreign offenders.

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It's 11 o'clock on a Monday night, and PCs Tom Allen and Dave Lockwood

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are setting off in search of a man who is very difficult to find.

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So tonight we're going to be looking for a lad

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who we've been looking for for probably a couple of months now.

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He's got loads and loads of addresses in Leeds

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and I've been working my way through them.

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And, in truth, it's been hard work because he moves around so much.

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The team head towards Leeds and the last-known address for the man

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they're looking for.

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Ladislav Danco is accused of four offences,

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including theft and burglary,

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back home in the Czech Republic.

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He's wanted by the Czech authorities for

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"theft from a shop, burglary, damage to motor vehicle

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"and section five of the Public Order Act."

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But the man they're after has made a basic mistake.

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It's a stroke of luck, really.

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This gentleman has lost his ID, lost his passport

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and a number of other ID within the Leeds area,

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so he's contacted the police to report that missing.

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In doing that, it's given us a new address,

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which has saved me a lot of time.

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There's a contradiction there. There's a guy wanted.

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He's tried to remain at large by changing his address frequently,

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but after a period of time there

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becomes that normalisation where

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they believe that they're no longer wanted,

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there's no-one looking for them,

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and they try to assimilate into society.

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And it's quite a natural, normal thing to do to,

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to report your passport missing at a police station.

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He was clearly unaware that by doing that he was just introducing himself

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to law enforcement to say, "Here I am."

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When Dave and Tom arrive at the new address,

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at first there's no sign of the man wanted in the Czech Republic.

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Young kid having his tea.

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KNOCK AT DOOR

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I think he's eating a tub of ice cream.

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-Hello, love.

-Hello.

-Hello, it's the police.

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Are you OK? Am I OK to come in and talk with you?

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-Yeah.

-OK. Do you speak good English?

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OK. What nationality are you, please?

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-Me?

-Yeah.

-Czech Republic.

-Czech Republic.

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Is there anybody else in the house?

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Yeah, my stepdad.

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-What he's called?

-Ladislav.

-Ladislav.

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Can you ask him to come down, please, so I can talk to you all?

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-Would that be OK? Hello, Ladislav.

-Are you OK?

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-OK.

-Do you speak good English?

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Ladislav clearly hasn't been expecting visitors,

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and it's obvious he speaks little English.

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I'm going to get a police interpreter on the phone, OK?

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-And then we'll talk to you.

-I'll just go upstairs with you.

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Whilst Ladislav Danco gets dressed,

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Dave calls an interpreter who will explain the charges.

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I will be arresting this male and I need to use yourself to explain

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to him what's happening,

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so he'll know what I'm arresting him for,

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and obviously if he's got any medical conditions or anything

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before we leave the house.

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Ladislav, come and take a seat, please.

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-Yeah, yeah.

-On here I have the interpreter. So take a seat.

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-Do you just want to make sure you can understand her?

-Hello.

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You can understand her? If you can explain to him the reason I'm here

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is there's a European arrest warrant being issued for him

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by the Czech authorities.

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The man's partner is anxious.

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She wants to know where he will be taken.

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He'll be going to court tomorrow in London, OK?

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OK, say again, please. Tomorrow is London court?

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Yes, yes. There's two courts tomorrow, 10am and 2pm.

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We always aim to get them there for ten, OK?

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If, for any reason, they're really busy tomorrow,

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it may get pushed on to 2pm.

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But, as it stands, I aim to get him there ready at court for 10am.

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If there's nothing else, we're going to be leaving now, OK?

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All right. Come with me, fella.

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You got it?

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-Right. Just put your hands out.

-Sorry.

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You're OK.

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Just... OK? Are they all right?

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Ladislav Danco will be taken to a custody suite in Leeds,

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where his identity will be checked and confirmed.

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Two thumbs.

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Tomorrow morning, he will be taken to Westminster Magistrates' Court.

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The fact that he could be sent home

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to face trial for four different offences seems to be sinking in.

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It's the end of a long shift,

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and time for Dave and Tom to tackle the paperwork

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to start the extradition process.

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It's likely that Ladislav Danco will stay in this country

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for several more months until that is complete.

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For now, the authorities will be keeping a close eye on him.

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Tomorrow it's probably going to be 500 to £1,500 to get bail.

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On top of that, he will have to sign on at a police station,

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probably three times a week.

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He will probably have a curfew at home and he will get a tag.

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The Pennines - high moorland dividing northern England.

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Back in 2012, these quiet roads

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were arteries for the trafficking of drugs between

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two organised crime gangs on either side of the country.

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It was drugs. It was a lot of drugs.

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There was a lot of money changing hands.

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The trade centred on Liverpool on the west coast,

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and Hartlepool on the east.

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For years, police in both areas struggled to find the ringleader.

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But when surveillance officers staked out an Italian restaurant

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in Wetherby in West Yorkshire in September 2012,

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they were able to identify the Mr Big of the operation.

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It was this man, Ian Stanton, who was running the show.

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His Merseyside gang was peddling drugs to a huge area,

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from the Midlands all the way up to Scotland.

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In the north-east we're just one element of his operations.

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From the vast telephone analysis we did,

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he was sending couriers on a daily basis

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to different parts of the country.

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With Stanton and other gang members identified,

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police in the north-east were able to seize huge quantities of drugs

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and cash in seven different operations.

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But it seemed to make little difference.

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They had immense resilience because they had so much money,

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so many drugs.

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It didn't seem to matter what we did or what drugs we took out,

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they had the ability to keep going.

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By now, Ian Stanton was one of the UK's biggest drug dealers.

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The National Crime Agency,

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who lead the UK's fight against serious and organised crime,

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were keen to take him down.

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This surveillance officer was part of the operation.

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He was a nationwide criminal.

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Not just nationwide - internationally, as well.

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He had links to the north-east.

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He travelled to London frequently.

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So, basically, borders held no bounds for him.

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Then in May 2013 came a major breakthrough.

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In a shipping container of frozen beef at Tilbury Docks in Essex,

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officers working for the port uncovered 400 kilos of cocaine

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hidden in 16 holdalls.

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It had a street value of £71 million.

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We've gathered evidence before,

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but we've never had a seizure of such a large amount.

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400 kilos of cocaine is very significant.

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Obviously to flood the streets with that amount of commodity would cause

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some serious harm to local communities.

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It was one of the biggest drugs hauls ever seen in the UK

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and it gave officers the opportunity to plan a daring sting,

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hoping to catch Stanton and his gang red-handed.

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For many fugitives, a steady supply of ready cash is essential

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for funding a life of luxury abroad.

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Criminals are increasingly wary of using bank accounts and cards to

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transfer money as investigators can pick up a trail all too easily.

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If you're using your bank cards or a wire transfer, we can track that,

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we can trace it.

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We will find the money and we have a really, really good relationship

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with the banks. We'll get the money back.

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Men and women on the run often think it's safer

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to rely on old-fashioned banknotes.

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But the National Crime Agency is already fighting back,

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banning the fugitives' favourite, the 500 euro note.

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We worked with the European Central Bank

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and the Bank of England to get that note removed from circulation.

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So it's just not a normal note that you would see,

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because every indication that we had was that the only people that were

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using the 500 euro note were organised criminals -

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principally drug dealers.

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On the front line to stop the traffic of large quantities of cash

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through ports and airports are the sniffer dogs.

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Here at the Surrey Police dog school,

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this group of young spaniels are over halfway through their six-week

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training course, learning how to detect drugs, guns and cash.

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Scout is a springer spaniel.

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He's been working with handler Scott for just four weeks.

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We've been learning to find money today.

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So we have been learning to find sterling

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and also euros.

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We know that along with drugs, there's also a lot of cash

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and we need to find that cash to be able to take it off the streets.

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Come on! One more...

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Andy Hayward has been working with police dogs for 24 years.

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He says dogs' noses are so sophisticated,

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that they can tell the difference between euros and yen.

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It's the ink more than anything else.

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The paper does have an odour

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and it varies in different parts of the world,

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but most of Europe is the same ink and paper.

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And that changes when you go over to the Americas

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and when you go across over to Asia.

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It's time for Scout to put his super snout into action

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and learn to sniff for cash.

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Here we've got the cash. It's issued by the Bank of England.

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In order to make sure the dogs don't sniff out the odd tenner,

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they're trained to detect large amounts of money.

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When it's being smuggled in or it's illegal,

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it's normally a large amount, and for these dogs to work,

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we're not looking for the general Joe Public,

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the member of the public who's going to be there with it in his wallet

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or things like that, so they tend to ignore that.

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We're looking for bulk amounts of cash.

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First of all, Scout is shown the money

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and taught to recognise its smell.

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The idea is we will imprint the scent of that cash whereby the dog

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associates that smell with the reward of the tennis ball.

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The dogs are led to the breeze-block with the money hidden inside,

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and as soon as they smell it, they're given a reward.

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But Andy's not happy that Scout has got the smell

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properly imprinted on his brain.

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He's been a bit cute.

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He's had a very quick sniff and frozen.

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I'd like him to have a proper draw of the substance.

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It's second time lucky and onto the next stage of the lesson.

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Who's a good boy?

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At this stage, I'm pretty confident they've all been imprinted

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but we don't know that until we go through the proving session,

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which is the next phase, where they'll go from block one,

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and they'll do the complete run

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and it should indicate where the cash is

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and that's proved that they'll have it in their heads.

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This time the cash could be hidden inside any of these blocks.

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-Indication...

-Whoa!

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As soon as he got to that block, he's had a smell of the gap,

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the money is in there and he's had a freeze indication,

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he's had a reward. I'm happy he's imprinted.

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Excellent, mate. That's fine.

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Scout is now ready to undertake the final part of his training.

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If he can pass this test, he's on his way to becoming

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a specialist sniffer dog.

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In London, the Metropolitan Police's extradition unit deals with hundreds

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of cases each year.

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It's DS Pete Rance's job to track down men and women wanted

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-in other countries.

-There's a real mix of cases that we deal with.

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Some are as simple as knocking on a front door

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and people come willingly,

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Others involve a lot of resources, a lot of time,

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a lot of effort, a lot of detective work

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to actually confirm people's identities.

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And, you know, there are...

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Living in the UK, there are people who don't want to be found.

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Can you open the door, please? It's the police.

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Most of the extradition unit's work involves finding fugitives

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from other European countries hiding out in the capital,

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but they're also responsible for arresting those

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who are wanted further afield.

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'The team do deal with a wide range of offences.'

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They can be from a fraud -

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what we'd consider to be a straightforward fraud -

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through to wanted for murder.

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We get requests from all over the world

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and they are broken up into two regions.

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One is EU and then the other is non-EU.

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And there's different legislation and different thresholds

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that need to be met for those two areas.

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Back in 2002, riots in the Gujarat region of India

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hit the headlines around the world.

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-NEWS FOOTAGE:

-These were Muslim homes torched last night

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by an armed mob. Most of the Muslims fled, but not all.

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-Five or six.

-REPORTER:

-Five or six children.

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Widespread unrest between Muslims and Hindus led to the destruction

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of villages and towns, and left over 3,000 people dead.

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Intelligence that's just landed on Pete's desk indicates that one of

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those accused of particularly serious offences

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could now be living in London. It's disturbing reading.

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These are statements from people in India detailing what they saw

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and what happened.

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You know, it's... Some of it's quite...graphic.

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You know, people being sprayed with kerosene.

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That's the sort of thing we're dealing with here in terms of...

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what he's believed to have been part of.

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The accused man's name is Samir Vinubhai Patel -

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wanted for murder, arson and riot in India.

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The accusation is that a group of Hindu men have attacked

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a Muslim village, poured kerosene on properties.

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It resulted in burning people alive. Extremely serious.

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And India issued a formal request

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for the extradition of Samir Vinubhai Patel,

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after an Interpol circulation had been made

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seeking his whereabouts.

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With new information about a potential address for Patel in

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West London, Pete wastes no time in briefing his colleagues,

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DCs Dave Salmon and Carly Rigg.

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So the intention today is to go to this bloke's work address,

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which is a newsagents over in... Near Heathrow Airport, in Hounslow.

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I'll go into the address, ascertain that he's in there and working.

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He was in there last week working on the Tuesday.

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We had someone have eyes on him last week.

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So we're confident there's a strong possibility that he'll be there.

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-Right.

-Everyone happy?

-Yeah, happy with that.

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The key to establishing the suspect's identity

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is a series of photographs linking Patel to the riots in India

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and a later offence in the UK.

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The gentleman that they want is this individual here.

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It's the person that's wanted in India.

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We know that that same man made an application for a UK visa

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back in 2005 and the application was granted in 2006.

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And the work we've done has established that this individual

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was arrested in 2013 for shoplifting in the UK, in London.

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And it's our belief that these two men are one and the same.

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But when they arrive, the man working in the shop

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says he's not the man shown on Pete's paperwork.

0:19:350:19:39

-Is this your photograph?

-No, it's my one - other one.

0:19:390:19:42

No is my one.

0:19:420:19:44

He's accepted initially the photograph is him,

0:19:440:19:46

although I think when he's realised what's about to come

0:19:460:19:49

-he's then retracted that.

-No, sir, this one is not mine.

0:19:490:19:53

You're saying it's not you now?

0:19:530:19:54

Hunting fugitives takes teamwork.

0:19:590:20:02

On the front line are the police making the arrests,

0:20:020:20:05

but behind the scenes is an army of investigators

0:20:050:20:08

at the National Crime Agency.

0:20:080:20:11

My role involves looking for fugitives who are wanted by other

0:20:110:20:15

European countries who we think might be living in the UK.

0:20:150:20:18

Across Europe, 18,000 arrest warrants are issued every year.

0:20:180:20:23

The work to track down the fugitives hiding out in the UK begins,

0:20:230:20:28

for people like Helen, with a European arrest warrant.

0:20:280:20:32

You do have to read a lot of upsetting things that

0:20:320:20:35

sometimes the worst people in humanity have done

0:20:350:20:38

to other people and it can be hard

0:20:380:20:40

but I think sometimes it gives you a bit of...

0:20:400:20:43

Spurs you on a bit to go, "Well, now I want to find you."

0:20:430:20:48

Officers like Helen can access a suspect's financial,

0:20:480:20:51

phone and social security records.

0:20:510:20:54

But sometimes it's as simple as checking out social media.

0:20:540:20:58

"Where are you now?" is essentially the question we're asking.

0:20:580:21:01

"Where are you right now? Where do I think you're going to be?"

0:21:010:21:04

So that it's worth sending out to a police force,

0:21:040:21:07

and do I think, if the police go and knock on that address,

0:21:070:21:11

are you going to be there?

0:21:110:21:12

Providing the intelligence that leads to an arrest

0:21:120:21:15

makes the job worthwhile.

0:21:150:21:17

It's that satisfaction of thinking,

0:21:170:21:20

especially when it's a dangerous individual,

0:21:200:21:23

"you're off the streets, you can't commit these kind of offences now

0:21:230:21:27

"because you are in our custody.

0:21:270:21:29

"You're going to face justice for what you've done."

0:21:290:21:33

You're helping to protect the public and you're helping to protect people

0:21:330:21:36

not just here but across Europe as well,

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so it feels very wide-reaching.

0:21:380:21:41

It's wide-reaching satisfaction.

0:21:410:21:43

Kingpin Ian Stanton ran a drug-dealing empire from Merseyside,

0:21:480:21:52

doing business with crime gangs across the country.

0:21:520:21:57

In 2012, Cleveland Police had already seized large quantities

0:21:570:22:02

of the cocaine and amphetamine

0:22:020:22:03

supplied to dealers in the north-east,

0:22:030:22:05

but the gang seemed unstoppable.

0:22:050:22:08

If they lost a kilo of cocaine it didn't really seem to make

0:22:080:22:12

that much difference to them.

0:22:120:22:13

They had the money and the means to get a resupply.

0:22:130:22:18

The National Crime Agency launched an investigation into Ian Stanton

0:22:180:22:22

and his gang. This surveillance officer was involved.

0:22:220:22:26

He was a nationwide criminal.

0:22:260:22:27

In fact, not just a nationwide - internationally as well.

0:22:270:22:31

Borders held no bounds for him.

0:22:310:22:33

The investigation made a major breakthrough

0:22:330:22:37

when a huge quantity of cocaine was discovered hidden

0:22:370:22:40

in a shipment of beef at Tilbury Docks in Essex.

0:22:400:22:45

Port authority opened up the back of the container and found within it,

0:22:450:22:48

piled up high, just at the front where you open the doors,

0:22:480:22:51

black holdalls - large black holdalls.

0:22:510:22:54

Within the large black holdalls were kilo-sized shrink-wrapped packages.

0:22:540:23:01

Inside the frozen meat container were 400 kilos of drugs

0:23:010:23:06

destined for the north-west.

0:23:060:23:09

We couldn't believe how much commodity actually was within

0:23:090:23:12

the container, to be honest.

0:23:120:23:13

We did tests on the drugs and we identified that it was cocaine,

0:23:130:23:19

79% pure, a street value of approximately 70 million.

0:23:190:23:24

At the NCA, officers devised a plan to catch dealers red-handed.

0:23:260:23:31

They replaced the cocaine with dummy packages

0:23:310:23:35

and watched to see who would collect them.

0:23:350:23:38

We ended up basically dummying the load,

0:23:380:23:40

changing the drugs for an innocuous substance.

0:23:400:23:43

The lorry of frozen beef with the dummy drugs on board was followed

0:23:430:23:48

the 250 miles from Tilbury to Wigan.

0:23:480:23:52

Surveillance officers looked on as one of the crew collected the drugs.

0:23:520:23:58

It didn't take him long to discover the switch

0:23:580:24:00

and call the rest of his gang to a crisis meeting,

0:24:000:24:04

all under the watchful gaze of the NCA surveillance team.

0:24:040:24:09

We covered a meeting on the Thursday of the 16th of May in Aintree

0:24:090:24:14

where five individuals had a meeting to discuss the loss of commodity,

0:24:140:24:19

as in, they didn't know where the cocaine had gone.

0:24:190:24:22

The meeting was headed by Ian Stanton

0:24:220:24:25

and they were discussing how they could recover the drugs.

0:24:250:24:28

But with the massive haul of drugs seized and the police on his trail,

0:24:280:24:32

Stanton decided it was time to leave the country,

0:24:320:24:36

and although he was fleeing the UK,

0:24:360:24:38

he'd still continue to run his empire from abroad.

0:24:380:24:43

He was very much in control on a daily basis.

0:24:430:24:46

He would send orders out to those beneath him,

0:24:460:24:48

he constantly wanted reassuring that his orders were being carried out.

0:24:480:24:54

He wanted to know who had received what drugs,

0:24:540:24:56

what money they'd collected in.

0:24:560:24:58

It seemed likely that Stanton was running things from somewhere

0:24:580:25:01

in the Netherlands where he was known to have contacts.

0:25:010:25:05

Six months later, a chance encounter with undercover police

0:25:090:25:13

in Rotterdam would blow his cover.

0:25:130:25:15

Thinking they were tackling a small-time drugs dealer,

0:25:280:25:32

the officers drove to the house in the north of the city

0:25:320:25:35

where they believed ecstasy was being dealt.

0:25:350:25:38

Coming up...

0:25:470:25:49

Dutch cops come face-to-face with Merseyside's most wanted.

0:25:490:25:53

When it comes to tracking down men on the run,

0:26:080:26:12

police will often follow the money.

0:26:120:26:15

If somebody's spending cash and only spending cash,

0:26:150:26:19

especially if they're living in a modern city, it stands out,

0:26:190:26:21

they stick out like a sore thumb.

0:26:210:26:24

And if they're a foreign individual and they're only spending cash,

0:26:240:26:27

then they really stick out.

0:26:270:26:30

On the front line to intercept friends and relatives

0:26:300:26:33

carrying ready cash to loved ones abroad are the police dogs.

0:26:330:26:38

At Sussex Police's dog training centre,

0:26:380:26:41

Scout is learning to detect cash, and he's passed the first two stages

0:26:410:26:45

of his training with flying colours.

0:26:450:26:49

Now he's taken to a different part of the building

0:26:490:26:52

to sit his final test.

0:26:520:26:54

Scout makes a good start.

0:27:070:27:09

It takes him less than a minute to find the cash.

0:27:120:27:16

His handler, PC Scott Green, is pleased.

0:27:160:27:19

So, just from earlier on - from proving on the blocks,

0:27:190:27:23

he's taken that on board and we've now come to an environment and,

0:27:230:27:27

yeah, he's just found some cash. So it's quite a quick process.

0:27:270:27:30

Really happy with Scout and he's progressing nicely.

0:27:300:27:34

There's a reason why spaniels like Scout

0:27:340:27:37

make particularly good sniffer dogs.

0:27:370:27:39

Alongside other long-nosed breeds like the German Shepherd,

0:27:390:27:43

the scroll-shaped bones inside the nose make these dogs

0:27:430:27:47

1,000 times more sensitive to smell than humans.

0:27:470:27:51

So the scroll shapes travel all the way up here

0:27:510:27:54

throughout the entire snout

0:27:540:27:56

and that allows dogs to

0:27:560:27:58

have a large surface area.

0:27:580:28:00

So on top of the scroll-shaped structures you get

0:28:000:28:03

what we call membranes that contain around them

0:28:030:28:06

what we call odour-detecting cells.

0:28:060:28:08

These odour-detecting cells, if you roll them up in dogs,

0:28:080:28:12

they are larger, the size of an A4 paper in comparison to humans,

0:28:120:28:17

which is probably just the size of a stamp.

0:28:170:28:20

And it's those extraordinary senses of smell which enable these dogs

0:28:200:28:24

to sniff out those sterling and euro notes.

0:28:240:28:28

Having passed his final test, Scout will soon be on duty,

0:28:280:28:32

hot on the scent of any cash

0:28:320:28:34

destined to help fugitives evade justice.

0:28:340:28:37

There's nothing better than going out there, catching the bad guys.

0:28:390:28:42

It's a really unique privilege for me, I think,

0:28:420:28:45

because these dogs are great.

0:28:450:28:47

In West Yorkshire, police officers Dave Lockwood and Tom Allen

0:28:550:28:59

have a new European arrest warrant.

0:28:590:29:02

They need to track down a man who is accused of committing

0:29:020:29:05

serious offences in Portugal over a decade ago.

0:29:050:29:09

It's for human trafficking and the chap we're looking for is facing

0:29:090:29:13

a sentence of up to 25 years.

0:29:130:29:16

But finding the suspect could be tricky

0:29:160:29:18

as the warrant has no photograph or fingerprints.

0:29:180:29:22

But they do have some information which could help locate him.

0:29:220:29:26

We know which car he's using,

0:29:260:29:27

so we're going to drive past the address now, see if his car's there.

0:29:270:29:31

Although they know the vehicle is being used around Leeds,

0:29:320:29:35

they have no idea what this man looks like.

0:29:350:29:39

I think it's going to be one of two ways,

0:29:390:29:41

he's going to be tiny and skinny, weedy, or he's going to be huge.

0:29:410:29:45

-What do you think?

-Don't know.

0:29:450:29:46

If he's huge, you'll go, "I'll be right behind you!"

0:29:460:29:49

If there's a dog, you'll go in first.

0:29:490:29:52

As soon as they arrive at the address,

0:29:550:29:57

Dave spots the car and there's a man in the driver's seat.

0:29:570:30:01

-He's sat in the car, mate, he's sat in the car.

-Is he?

-Yeah.

0:30:040:30:07

-Just there?

-Just play on it's something to do with the car.

0:30:070:30:12

-Hiya, are you all right, pal?

-Yes, I am, yeah.

0:30:120:30:15

-Do you speak good English?

-Yes, I do.

0:30:150:30:16

-Can we just have a chat with you, pal?

-Yes.

0:30:160:30:18

-Do you want to finish your call?

-That's fine, no. That's fine.

0:30:180:30:21

-You're finished.

-Is it your car?

-Yes, yes, it's mine.

0:30:210:30:23

-Do you live here, somewhere here?

-Yes.

0:30:230:30:25

-Are we all right to go into your house and talk to you there?

-Yes.

0:30:250:30:28

-Is there a problem?

-There may be, yeah, yeah.

0:30:280:30:30

We'll talk to you now so people aren't listening.

0:30:300:30:33

Dave and Tom are pretty sure this is their man

0:30:330:30:35

but they're reluctant to discuss the details out on the street.

0:30:350:30:39

They move into the man's house to break the bad news.

0:30:390:30:43

-Did you used to live in Portugal?

-Yes.

-You did, right.

0:30:430:30:45

Unfortunately, I'm going to arrest you on a European arrest warrant

0:30:450:30:49

issued by the Portuguese authorities for an offence of human trafficking.

0:30:490:30:52

-All right?

-Human trafficking?

-Human trafficking, yeah.

0:30:520:30:55

We've got some paperwork for you that we'll...

0:30:550:30:59

-Human trafficking?

-Yeah.

0:30:590:31:01

From when?

0:31:010:31:02

Between 2001 and 2004, allegedly.

0:31:020:31:06

We don't know anything about it,

0:31:060:31:08

they've just asked us to locate you and arrest you, all right,

0:31:080:31:11

and put you before the court.

0:31:110:31:12

The wanted man is clearly shocked by Tom's revelations,

0:31:120:31:17

but the officers have to make sure that he has no surprises for them.

0:31:170:31:21

No offence, I don't know you,

0:31:210:31:23

-but we're not going to risk you running off, OK?

-No, no. Please!

0:31:230:31:26

Have you got a jacket? A hoodie...?

0:31:260:31:28

-Just grab that and we'll just bring it back in.

-LADY:

-That's mine.

0:31:280:31:31

Yeah, we'll bring it back. Once he's in the car, we'll bring that back.

0:31:310:31:34

Just hold that and no-one needs to see.

0:31:340:31:36

He's not happy about being led out of his house in handcuffs,

0:31:360:31:38

so the officers try to be discreet.

0:31:380:31:41

I'll take your missus's jacket back.

0:31:430:31:45

Cheers, thank you.

0:31:480:31:51

On the way to the police station Dave explains what will happen next.

0:31:510:31:55

Right, just to let you know,

0:31:550:31:58

do you know what to expect when we go into the police station?

0:31:580:32:00

-No.

-Right, when we go through to custody

0:32:000:32:03

we'll have to wait in a waiting room and once they're ready for us

0:32:030:32:05

to be called up, we'll go up to something called the custody desk.

0:32:050:32:08

Now, the sergeant needs to know what you've been arrested for

0:32:080:32:11

to make sure he's going to detain you or not,

0:32:110:32:14

make sure we've done what we do with our powers.

0:32:140:32:17

Anyone arrested here in West Yorkshire

0:32:170:32:20

must appear before a judge at an extradition court in London

0:32:200:32:25

as soon as possible.

0:32:250:32:27

But as Dave explains, this man will have the right to appeal

0:32:270:32:30

against the offences he's alleged to have committed many years ago.

0:32:300:32:35

OK, any questions or anything while you're at custody just ask

0:32:350:32:38

and we'll let you know.

0:32:380:32:41

Just keep it in the back of your head

0:32:450:32:46

you might be home in 24 hours' time, all right?

0:32:460:32:49

Just deal with tomorrow first

0:32:490:32:51

before you move on and start panicking about all else.

0:32:510:32:54

Just watch yourself, he's going to open the door.

0:32:540:32:57

Let's take you inside, fella.

0:32:570:33:00

-Come out?

-Yeah, yeah, come on, we're going to take you inside.

0:33:000:33:03

There we go.

0:33:030:33:04

As he's brought into the police station,

0:33:040:33:07

the prisoner starts to realise just how bad things really are.

0:33:070:33:12

Little did he know when the police came knocking that allegations about

0:33:120:33:16

his past would catch up with him in such a dramatic way.

0:33:160:33:20

What the Portuguese are saying...

0:33:200:33:22

They want you to go back, though. It's serious.

0:33:220:33:24

-Tomorrow, I can't say what's going to happen...

-I know.

0:33:240:33:27

But you've not been committing loads of crime here in the UK.

0:33:270:33:30

What I'm saying to you, there's no aggravating features

0:33:300:33:33

apart from what you're wanted for.

0:33:330:33:35

Now he's facing a legal battle to prove he didn't commit the crimes

0:33:350:33:40

he's accused of.

0:33:400:33:42

At Tilbury Docks in Essex in May 2013,

0:33:540:33:58

a routine search uncovered one of the biggest hauls of drugs

0:33:580:34:02

to be smuggled into the UK -

0:34:020:34:05

£70 million worth of cocaine hidden in a shipping container

0:34:050:34:09

full of frozen beef.

0:34:090:34:11

We couldn't believe how much commodity was actually within

0:34:110:34:13

the container, to the honest.

0:34:130:34:15

We did tests on the drugs and we identified

0:34:150:34:18

that it was cocaine, 79% pure.

0:34:180:34:21

Heading up the gang tasked with recovering the drugs

0:34:230:34:26

was Ian Stanton.

0:34:260:34:28

But when investigators began to close in, he went on the run.

0:34:280:34:32

Six months later, undercover officers in the Netherlands

0:34:370:34:40

went to investigate an address in Rotterdam.

0:34:400:34:44

They'd been tipped off that small quantities of drugs

0:34:440:34:46

were being sold from the house.

0:34:460:34:49

What they didn't realise was that

0:34:490:34:51

one of the UK's most wanted fugitives was hiding inside.

0:34:510:34:55

Upstairs, Stanton was hiding.

0:35:060:35:10

With the cuffs on the fugitive, they searched the house.

0:35:130:35:17

Intelligence officers set about establishing who the man

0:35:330:35:37

they'd arrested was.

0:35:370:35:39

Stanton was using a false passport but checks on his documents

0:35:390:35:43

and fingerprints soon identified him.

0:35:430:35:47

We then took contact with the English police through Interpol

0:35:470:35:51

and they said, well, Stanton is one of their most wanted criminals

0:35:510:35:56

in England and this is his picture.

0:35:560:35:58

At the NCA, the surveillance team who'd helped track him

0:36:120:36:16

were delighted that Ian Stanton,

0:36:160:36:18

one of Merseyside's most notorious drug barons,

0:36:180:36:21

was to be returned to the UK to face justice.

0:36:210:36:25

He was actually extradited back to the UK

0:36:250:36:28

on the 18th December 2013 and that was a good day for the team.

0:36:280:36:31

We sent a member of our staff down to arrest him,

0:36:310:36:34

brought him back to the north-west area.

0:36:340:36:37

The team were really pleased because obviously it's sending a message

0:36:370:36:40

out to the public that basically no matter where you go,

0:36:400:36:42

you've got no way to hide and we will look for you,

0:36:420:36:45

we will find you and we will bring you back.

0:36:450:36:47

In Hounslow, Pete Rance and his team of detectives are getting ready to

0:36:540:36:58

arrest a man accused of a long list of crimes committed in India.

0:36:580:37:03

During widespread rioting in Gujarat back in 2002,

0:37:040:37:09

Samir Patel is accused of burning three people to death

0:37:090:37:13

as well as arson and rioting.

0:37:130:37:17

He got a visa... Legitimately obtained a visa

0:37:170:37:19

to come to the United Kingdom in 2005

0:37:190:37:22

but it was only a short-term visa

0:37:220:37:24

and what happened was he didn't go back, he disappeared into the ether.

0:37:240:37:28

He got arrested a few years ago for shoplifting

0:37:280:37:30

in the United Kingdom and provided a different date of birth

0:37:300:37:34

with just the name Samir Patel,

0:37:340:37:37

which in itself is quite a common name,

0:37:370:37:40

so that didn't lead to us being able to locate or find him

0:37:400:37:44

at that particular time.

0:37:440:37:45

But further work that's been done led us to believe that

0:37:450:37:48

the Samir Patel that did get arrested for shoplifting

0:37:480:37:51

back in 2013 was in fact the person that was wanted in India.

0:37:510:37:56

The team have tracked Patel down to a newsagents in Hounslow,

0:37:580:38:02

West London. Posing as a customer, Pete pops into the shop

0:38:020:38:06

to check if he's there.

0:38:060:38:08

And our man's serving. He soon returns with good news.

0:38:080:38:12

Right, everyone ready? Let's go.

0:38:120:38:15

It's time to make the arrest.

0:38:170:38:19

But first the team must confirm his identity.

0:38:190:38:22

My name's Pete Rance, I'm a detective sergeant with the Metropolitan Police.

0:38:250:38:28

-Can we just ask you your name, please?

-Patel.

-And your first name?

0:38:280:38:31

S Patel. S Patel.

0:38:310:38:32

S. What's the S stand for?

0:38:320:38:35

-Sam Patel. Sam Patel.

-Sam?

0:38:350:38:38

Sam. Have you got any middle names?

0:38:380:38:40

-Yeah.

-What's your middle name?

-Samir Patel. Samir Patel.

0:38:400:38:44

And do you have a middle...? A middle name in the middle?

0:38:440:38:47

-S V Patel. S V Patel.

-Asri?

-Samir V Patel.

0:38:470:38:50

-V? What does the V stand for? Vinubhai.

-Vinubhai.

0:38:500:38:54

'It helps a great deal if the person that you've got before you'

0:38:540:38:57

actually acknowledges and accepts that they're the person

0:38:570:39:00

wanted in that jurisdiction because then the issue's taken away

0:39:000:39:03

from the court, we can provide the evidence that they have consent...

0:39:030:39:06

That they have acknowledged that they're the person that's wanted.

0:39:060:39:10

Is that you when you were younger?

0:39:100:39:12

-No, sir.

-It is you?

-I think so.

-You think?

0:39:140:39:18

-Yes.

-It is you, yeah?

0:39:200:39:22

At first, the man agrees that

0:39:220:39:24

he is the man in the photograph Pete shows him.

0:39:240:39:26

And this is you when you made an application for a visa to come to

0:39:260:39:29

-the United Kingdom?

-No.

-Same person.

-No.

0:39:290:39:33

-Samir Vinubhai.

-But then he changes his story.

0:39:330:39:37

-Yeah?

-I'm... I don't think so.

-No, this is you, though, yeah?

0:39:370:39:40

-This is your photograph.

-No, is my one is the other one.

0:39:400:39:44

-No, sir, this one is not mine.

-You're saying it's not you, now?

-No.

0:39:440:39:48

Pete perseveres, and a new line of questioning seems to help.

0:39:480:39:52

What's your father's name?

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-Vinubhai.

-Vinubhai.

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So, father's name is Vinubhai. What's your mother's name?

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-Vimlaben.

-Vimlaben.

-Yeah.

-Yeah? So this is you.

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The crime was an old photo and obviously in the 14 years plus

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that have passed, his appearance had changed.

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I was absolutely confident that the person that I had before me was

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in fact that the person that was wanted back in India.

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-You said this is you.

-No, sir, this one is not mine.

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Patel seems intent on denying he's the man on the application for

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a visa that's now expired until Pete reveals he's there to arrest him

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for a long list of very serious crimes.

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You're accused of murder by setting on fire Kadarbhai Ismailbhai Vora.

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You're wanted for murder by setting on fire Aaiyeshaben Abdulbhai.

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And you're wanted for murder by setting on fire Nuriben Gafurbhai.

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OK? You're under arrest on the warrant.

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You do not have to say anything.

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Anything you do say may be given in evidence.

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Do you understand?

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You're under arrest.

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I'm just going to put these on you, OK, until we go to

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a police station and we can take them off, OK?

0:41:030:41:06

OK, sir.

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-I'm nothing what I was.

-It's the same people. The same people.

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OK, we're going to take you to a central London police station,

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OK, and then you'll be put before a court this afternoon.

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It went as well as I hoped it would actually because he'd initially

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given us the name Samir Vinubhai Patel,

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which is the name on the warrant.

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He's accepted initially that the photograph

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of the requested person is him, although I think when he's realised

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what's about to come he's then retracted

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and said that the second photograph isn't him.

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Samir Patel is taken into custody at Charing Cross Police Station.

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Tomorrow, the man accused of three horrific murders will be put before

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a judge who will rule on his extradition to India.

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Ladislav Danco - wanted for offences including theft and burglary,

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is currently on bail while he appeals against his extradition.

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Samir Patel appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court in August 2016.

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He consented to his extradition and is now in India awaiting trial

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for murder, arson and riot.

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The court decided not to uphold the extradition of the man accused of

0:42:430:42:47

people trafficking in Portugal.

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And Merseyside's most wanted, Ian Stanton,

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was in November 2013 sentenced to 12 years in prison.

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He was jailed for a further 16 years in June 2015 for his part in

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another multi-million pound drugs conspiracy.

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