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Suspected drug smuggler Robert Knight held in Spain during poker game

Robert Knight
Image caption Police have been looking for Robert Knight for six years

One of the UK's most-wanted men who was thought to be hiding in Spain has been arrested there while playing poker.

Suspected drug smuggler Robert Knight, from Walsall, was apprehended by armed police in a bar near Benidorm after six years on the run.

He was named last year by the National Crime Agency as one of 13 of Britain's most-wanted who were in Spain.

The 53-year-old was detained in the bar in Calpe, eastern Spain, under a European Arrest Warrant.

West Midlands Police seized 6kg of cocaine at Heathrow Airport in April 2008 and arrested five men, who were later jailed, but officers have been hunting for Knight ever since.

Insp Dave Simpson said: "I am delighted that Knight has been caught, it has been a long time coming.

"This just demonstrates that there is no hiding place for criminals and we will work with police forces from other countries along with the National Crime Agency to seek them out."

Hank Cole, head of international operations for the National Crime Agency, said Knight was believed to be a member of an organised crime group involved in the importation and distribution of illegal drugs.

"He had been on the run for a number of years but we were able to track him down," he said.

Knight is due to appear at the Spanish National Court in Madrid on Sunday where extradition proceedings will begin.

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