A FRENCH fugitive can look forward to four years in jail after he parked badly in Marbella.
The 25-year-old’s rental car had been towed away by police, so he made the mistake of going to the local station to pay the fine and pick up the vehicle.
Unfortunately for him, Local Police checked his ID against their database and found he had a European arrest warrant in force against him.
Thay held him and called the National Police who executed the arrest warrant on October 29.
According to the French authorities, the defendant was a principal member of an international drugs trafficking organisation.
On May 24, 2017, customs officers from Narbonne intercepted a van from Spain in the south of France. It was carrying 313 kilos of hashish resin. In that operation, the driver, a member of the gang, was arrested.
The results of this investigation pointed to the man detained in Marbella as being a big player in the criminal organisation and although at the time he was not arrested, evidence later found was enough for him to be convicted in his absence.
On April 24 this year, he was sentenced to four years jail by a French court for drugs trafficking and being a member of a criminal organisation.
National Police have now handed the fugitive over to the courts.