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Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Drug dealer caught in Amsterdam jailed for six years at Nottingham Crown Court

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One of Britain’s most wanted fugitives who was caught last summer after years on the run has been convicted of further drug offences.

Mark Liscott was jailed in 2005 for the large-scale supply of cannabis resin in the Midlands but fled after being released on licence in 2012.

He was arrested in Amsterdam last June having been on the run for nearly eight years. Liscott tried to escape by jumping across neighbouring balconies while carrying around 18,000 euros in cash – but he was caught by police.

The prolific drug dealer was brought back to the UK to serve the remaining two years of his nine-year prison sentence.

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However, the 60-year-old will not be released any time soon after he was jailed for a further six years at Nottingham Crown Court for a string of other drug offences.

Liscott, who is originally from Birmingham but has links with organised crime groups in Nottingham and London, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to supply class A drugs; one count of conspiracy to supply class B drugs; and two counts of being concerned in the making of an offer to supply class B drugs.

The court heard Liscott was released on licence in 2012. However he failed to stay out of trouble and was arrested in August the same year on suspicion of dealing class A and B drugs.

A European arrest warrant was issued after he breached his bail conditions by failing to appear at Bridewell police station at a later date.

He was finally arrested in Amsterdam on 24 June last year and extradited back to the UK. Liscott was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday 19 May.

After fleeing the UK in 2012, Liscott was made a subject of Operation Return, the National Crime Agency and Crimestoppers campaign targeting UK fugitives potentially on the run in the Netherlands.

Detective Constable Dale Baldry, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Lots of hard work from lots of people, often in the background, has paid off and resulted in organised crime groups from London, Nottingham and Birmingham being disrupted.

“This is the final result that has seen 23 people arrested, 12 people charged and convicted for their part in a conspiracy to supply controlled drugs.

“The sentences have ranged from fines to 10 years imprisonment with a total of 40 years throughout.”

Kathryn Clarke, Head of the UK International Crime Bureau at the National Crime Agency, said: “Mark Liscott was on the run for more than seven years, but the National Crime Agency never stops pursuing fugitives wanted in the UK for serious offences.

“Working with partners in the UK, and using our international reach, we are determined protect the public from the drug supply groups whose activities dominate communities and make people feel unsafe where they live.”