DUBAI: A British national wanted for drug and weapons trafficking in the United Kingdom has been arrested in Dubai, the police said in a statement on Wednesday.
Craig Martin Moran was arrested by the police after a Red Notice was issued by Interpol, UAE daily The National reported. Moran is the leader of Colin Gunn, a notorious gang in the UK.
Khalil Ibrahm Al-Mansouri, assistant commander of criminal investigation affairs at Dubai police, said they set up a task force to catch Moran, in coordination with British authorities.
He said artificial intelligence was used to locate the gang leader and “closely observe” his movements before the arrest.
“He was inside his car after leaving his Dubai residence when the force team members raided his car and were able to control and arrest him,” Dubai’s Criminal Investigation Department chief Jamal Al-Jalaf said.
Moran has a long record of criminal offenses, including armed robbery and drug dealing, and was first imprisoned at the age of 16.
He was extradited to the UK after his case was referred to Dubai’s public prosecution.