Doncaster drug smuggler who absconded from prison caught in Spain

A convicted drug smuggler from Doncaster who absconded from prison has been arrested in Spain.

By Steve Jones
Thursday, 20th February 2020, 7:22 pm
Updated Wednesday, 26th February 2020, 11:04 am

Daniel Dobbs, 31, from Malton, was sentenced to 13-and-a-half years in prison in 2014 for trafficking heroin and amphetamines.

But, on 2 November 2018 he was found to be missing from his cell at HMP Hatfield Lakes, a category D open prison in South Yorkshire.

Last year the National Crime Agency (NCA) identified him as living in Spain under a false identity and on 11 February, after co-operation with Spanish law enforcement, Dobbs was arrested as part of an investigation into an underground tobacco factory in Malaga, southern Spain.

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Dobbs, also known as “Dobbo” to his friends, absconded from prison in 2018.

Alison Abbott from the NCA said Dobbs’ arrest shows the power of their international partnerships.

She added: “British fugitives should know that we will catch up with them no matter where they are.”

Dobbs will return to the UK once the Spanish investigation and any judicial proceedings end.