This alleged drugs baron handed himself in because the pressure of being on the run was 'too much'


Life on the run is no picnic, as suspected drug dealer Robert Gerrard knows all too well.

In fact, it all got so overwhelming for the Liverpudlian that he handed himself in, complaining that the "pressure of being on the run had got too much for him".

After being named in a Most Wanted list of on-the-run criminals, the 53-year-old made arrangements through his solicitor to meet National Crime Agency (NCA) officers at Central Park Police Station in Manchester. He was arrested and charged with conspiracy to import cocaine in a £60 million drugs plot.

Robert Gerrard

Gerrard is the third "Most Wanted" fugitive arrested in less than a week after suspected paedophile Matthew Sammon and convicted rapist Mohammed Alam were both captured in Spain in recent days.

Gerrard's mugshot featured in Operation Captura, a campaign to capture Britain's most wanted criminals, many of them on the Costa Del Sol, and he was highlighted in another campaign, Operation Return in the Netherlands.

Greg McKenna, Regional Head of Investigations for the NCA, said: "Robert Gerrard handing himself in shows the impact we are having with our most wanted campaigns. Three arrests in under a week is a tremendous result.

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"We don't know at this stage how long Gerrard has been back in the UK for, but he told our officers that the pressure of being on the run had got too much for him.

"The fugitives on our most wanted list really do have nowhere to hide. I would urge any of the remaining ones to take note - save yourself the trouble and hand yourself in because we will never stop hunting you and you will face justice."