TWO Blackpool men have been put on the most wanted list in connection with an alleged million pound drug trafficking operation.
Amateur footballer Lee Broadbent and Jamie May are sought by Lancashire’s serious and organised crime unit (SOCU) after four kilos of cocaine, thought to have been imported from South America, were seized in the resort.
Police believe the two men, both aged 32, have fled to Spain and have issued European arrest warrants for them.
Det Insp Graham Gallagher, from SOCU, said: “Broadbent is deemed as a high threat to Lancashire. He is a dangerous individual.
“He is ruthless and will try to evade capture.
“We are working with the Spanish police but if anyone sees him or May, they are asked to notify the law enforcement agency.”
Broadbent was sentenced to three years in prison in 2008 after pleading guilty to actual bodily harm and false imprisonment. It is thought the father-of-two, of Mains Lane, Poulton, fled to Spain around October 7 last year.
Detectives believe he travelled to Glasgow before flying to Belfast and then catching a plane to Malaga.
May, of Foxdale Avenue, Layton, reportedly left the country and boarded a plane from Manchester to Gibraltar around January 11.
Broadbent and May are sought as part of Lancashire’s Operation Oriole, an investigation into the importation and supply of Class A drugs into the North West.
One kilo of cocaine was seized by police in Blackpool on October 4 last year. Nine days later, another kilo of the Class A drug was confiscated by police who stopped a car in the resort and hours later another two kilos were uncovered by officers who stopped a car at Blackpool Railway Station.
Ten people from Blackpool and Manchester have been charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs and another man has been charged with possession of cocaine with intent to supply.
They have been remanded in custody and are expected to stand trial in September.