A fugitive British drugs baron was yesterday arrested after living the high life on a tropical Thai island. Jonathon Moorby, 46, fled the UK while awaiting trial in June 2014 after an enormous haul of cocaine was found at his home in Ingleby Barwick, Cleveland.
But after fleeing to Ko Samui, Thailand, the twisted crime boss is alleged to have organised arson attacks on his estranged wife and money laundering.
Police finally caught up with him after a tip off that his son regularly travelled to see his dad - while drugs gang underlings sent him 59,000gbp.
Police tracked him down and the 'Mr Big' of the North East was pictured handcuffed surrounded by cops and Interpol officers yesterday.
Pol Maj Gen Apichart Boonsriroj said police seized a fake passport held by Moorby identifying him as a Belgian citizen under the name Goossens Wouters.
"He was traced to a property on Ko Samui. He was not there and the next day on Monday was arrested on Ko Mudsom, south of Ko Samui which is about 20 minutes away by speedboat."