Sutton ‘drugs general’ in Spanish court

AN alleged drugs ‘general’ who is said to have flooded Ashfield with millions of pounds of illegal drugs has appeared in a Spanish court.

Robert Dawes (39), formerly of Sutton, was flown to Madrid from his adopted home in Dubai to appear in front of a duty judge last Thursday after being held on an international arrest warrant.

It took three years to arrange the court date after Dawes was first arrested in Dubai in June 2008 on suspicion of involvement in the large-scale import and export of drugs.

The arrest came after Spanish officials seized more than 200kg of cocaine - worth around £14 million - near Madrid.

But the justice process was slowed down because Spain and the United Arab Emirates do not have an extradition treaty. It is believed he will face formal charges in relation to the cocaine seizure this week.

Following the arrest, Nottinghamshire Police have since contacted Andrea Draycott, the wife of murdered Sutton father-of-two David Draycott who was shot outside his home on Woodland Way in 2002, It is believed Dawes may have had some involvement in the brutal murder.

A Nottinghamshire Police spokesman said: “Detectives are continuing to investigate the murder of David Draycott and are following up a number of lines of inquiry.”

Robert Dawes is also thought to be under investigation in Holland in connection with the murder of schoolteacher Gerard Meesters in Groningen on 28th November 2002.

Dawes had lived in Marbella before relocating to Dubai.

It was during the Nottingham Crown Court trial of convicted drug dealer Gary Hardy in 2008 that Dawes was alleged to be one of three violent drugs ‘generals’ responsible for the multi-million pound importation of Class A and B drugs into Ashfield over a number of years.

Hardy was jailed for 20 years for his role in what was one of Nottinghamshire’s biggest ever narcotics empire following the conclusion of a dramatic trial.

The third ‘general’ was said to have been Dawes’ brother John Dawes, who was jailed for 24 years in 2005 for being part of a ruthless drugs gang that dealt heroin and amphetamines across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.