Grimsby drug dealer on nation’s most wanted list
A fugitive drug dealer who is accused of trafficking drugs into Grimsby is on the UK’s most wanted list in a new campaign by the National Crime Agency.
A list of 12 fugitives, are accused of crimes including murder, large scale drugs trafficking and supplying firearms and ammunition.
Joshua Dillon Hendry, 30, is accused of trafficking drugs into Grimsby and is wanted for other drugs charges he was jailed for in his absence at Grimsby Crown Court.
He is believed to be in Estepona, Spain, and has been on the run for three years.
The NCA say he is accused of being a member of a Liverpool organised crime group involved in the conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
It is alleged that he trafficked heroin and crack cocaine from Liverpool to Grimsby for onward distribution and controlled the phone line used for this.
Hendry’s mother and brother were convicted as part of this conspiracy.
He is also wanted for a separate drugs conspiracy to supply cocaine in May 2018, for which he was sentenced in his absence at Grimsby Crown Court, for 10 years in March 2019.
Brothers Joshua and Scott Hendry, 29, had a drug-dealing mother Lesley Aytoun, 49, who was at the heart of an operation delivered drugs from Liverpool to Grimsby.
Aytoun, of Liverpool, admitted two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs between September 2017 and March 2019 and was sentenced to 11 years in prison in 2020.
Scott Hendry controlled drug runners in Grimsby and was sentenced alongside four others, for a total of 56 years behind bars.
However, Joshua Hendry fled the country before sentencing for the offences committed between September 2017 and March 2019.
He is 6ft 2in tall and his last known address was in Walton, Liverpool.
The NCA’s Most Wanted campaign is run in conjunction with independent charity CrimeStoppers, Spanish law enforcement, UK policing and comes on the back of the extremely successful Operation Captura fugitives campaign, which resulted in the arrests of 86 offenders.
Steve Rodhouse the NCA’s Director General of Operations said: “Spain is not a safe haven.
“We have a brilliant relationship with the country’s various law enforcement agencies and work together daily to protect the public.
“Many of these fugitives will be trying to blend in to the large British communities who have made their homes in Spain, and if you are resident, you may know one of them from your town or village.”
Anyone with information about one of the Most Wanted is urged to call CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, and callers in Spain should call the freephone Spanish number 900 926 111, which will be answered by CrimeStoppers in the UK (using translation if required).
Alternatively, members of the public can fill out an anonymous online form at the UK charity’s website crimestoppers-uk.org/fugitives.
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