A Sutton drug lord who is believed to have played a major part in one of Europe’s biggest drug rings has gone on trial in Paris.
Robert Dawes, 46, is said to have been a leading figure in Europe’s biggest network in history covering the whole continent - making millions of pounds and investigated for the deaths of 15 people.
Dawes was arrested in November 2015 at his luxury resort in Benalmadena, southern Spain, after police intercepted a conversation in which he reportedly claimed ownership of cocaine worth an estimated £216 million.
Extradited to France shortly after his arrest, Dawes is now on trial alongside two other Britons - Nathan Wheat, 35 and Kane Price, 31 and three Italians with links to the Camorra crime syndicate.
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The group risk up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to £6.8 million each.
At the time of his arrest, Spanish police accused Dawes of ‘heading up the biggest criminal organisation in Britain and Europe devoted to drug trafficking, money laundering and murder’.
It is believed Dawes had heavy links to a Mansfield drug gang which was ran out of a Rainworth car dealership.
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Mansfield members of the gang based at the dealership used the garage to rebuild cars with secret compartments which could only be detected by X-Ray.
Police have since prosecuted numerous members of the ‘sophisticated’ Nottinghamshire ring, who also used encrypted mobile phones to organise the laundering cash and supply Class A and B drugs around the country.
Dawes’ trial is ongoing in Paris, where denies the charges against him.