Sent on behalf of the National Crime Agency

The National Crime Agency is appealing to the public to help find a suspected member of a Merseyside based organised criminal network that plotted to smuggle up to 40 tonnes of drugs into the UK.

Paul John Scott, aged 32, from Liverpool, is wanted for questioning in connection with the plot to import cocaine from South America hidden inside tins of fish and wooden pallets. The Guardia Civil in Spain would also like to talk to Scott about the murder of British national Francis Brennan in Alicante earlier this year.

Scott is believed to be in Europe and has links to Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium and France. An appeal for information relating to Scott will be broadcast on BBC One’s Crimewatch tonight (4 December) at 9pm.

The appeal for Scott precedes the sentencing tomorrow at Liverpool Crown Court of his criminal associate Kevin Jennings, aged 51, from Huyton, Liverpool, for conspiracy to import cocaine. Jennings was arrested in May 2014 by NCA officers while walking his dog in Walton.

Twenty-four members of the highly sophisticated international criminal network were jailed for over 250 years in October 2011.

Greg McKenna, North West Investigations Branch Commander, said:“Paul Scott is the last man outstanding in our investigation into the plot to flood the UK with huge quantities of drugs. He is also wanted for questioning in relation to the murder of Francis Brennan.

“We are working closely with Merseyside Police and the Spanish authorities to locate him but we need the help of the public too.

“If you have information on the whereabouts of Scott, no matter how small or trivial it seems, please contact the NCA or Crimestoppers anonymously.”

Anyone with information can call the NCA on 0370 496 7622 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555. There is also a special freephone Spanish 900 555 111 telephone number which will be answered in the UK by Crimestoppers’ call agents. A translation service is available upon request.

NCA press office: 0207 979 5835

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