Photo: David McDermott

Wanted on suspicion of conspiracy to supply cocaine and conspiracy to blackmail.

Ormskirk man David McDermott, who is wanted in connection to a drugs’ plot, remains one of Merseyside’s most wanted fugitives this Christmas.

The 41-year-old, who is originally from Ormskirk but lived in Liverpool, is believed to be a member of an organised crime gang involved in a conspiracy to supply 400 kilos of cocaine

Now thought to be in Spain. McDermott is wanted on suspicion of conspiracy to supply cocaine and conspiracy to blackmail. The National Crime Agency announced earlier this year that they wanted to speak to McDermott, and he remains a wanted man.

The appeal followed the discovery of 16 holdalls containing cocaine with a street value of £71m were found hidden in a container of frozen Argentinian beef at Tilbury Docks in Essex in May 2013.

After the cocaine was seized, NCA officers watched and listened as McDermott met with other members of the gang at Aintree Retail Park.

He was allegedly involved in the planning of a “violent mission” to recover the drugs, not knowing it had been seized by law enforcement, the NCA said.

The use of “physical and sexual violence” against anyone who had information was discussed, a spokesman said. Five members of the gang have already been jailed for a total of 42 years.


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