David McDermott, 42, from Ormskirk, Liverpool, has already appeared in court to answer to suspected charges of conspiracy to import and supply cocaine from the West African country to the UK. “He came back into Heathrow last Thursday. An NCA extradition team went to collect him from the Ghanian authorities and they brought him back. “He appeared in court here in the UK on Friday at the Liverpool magistrate court and he’s remanded in custody without bail. And his next hearing date would be on Friday, June 3,” NCA communications officer, Richard Sellors, confirms to Newstime Africa.
McDermott is alleged of being a member of a Liverpool-based syndicate involved in the scheme to bring the drugs in the UK, says NCA. He was captured in Ghana on March 11 after being on the run in connection with the plot to import the drugs, and had fought extradition attempts by UK authorities but failed. He also face charges of conspiracy to blackmail. Six others – involved in the case – are currently serving a total of 64 years in jail and McDermott was the last of them on the run prior to his arrest. The cocaine was seized from a container of frozen Argentinian beef in May 2013 at Tilbury Docks.
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