A man who has been on the run for 16 years has been arrested as he landed in the UK.
Mark Anthony Fitzgibbon was arrested on arrival at Liverpool John Lennon Airport early this morning.
The 49-year-old was detained shortly after midnight when a Ryanair plane landed at the airport.
He had been the subject of numerous appeals after he breached the terms of his release from prison on parole.
He was at one point suspected to be in Holland as he evaded authorities over the years, the Liverpool Echo reports.
Fitzgibbon, who is originally from the Walton area, was convicted of conspiring to supply Class B Drugs in 1999 at Teesside Crown Court and sentenced to eight years imprisonment, according to a police statement.
He was recalled to prison in 2004, the statement says.
He was once named on a Crimestoppers hit-list of fugitives believed to be on the run in Holland.
A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: “We know Fitzgibbon was abroad for a while but like many fugitives he wrongly believed he could evade capture.
“There is no safe haven for fugitives and time is no barrier to the pursuit of justice.
“We will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners across the world to pursue these individuals.”