PAUL MONK, a British criminal arrested two years ago in Javea, received an 18-year prison term from a UK court.
Found guilty of large-scale drugs trafficking, he was handed over to the UK authorities in April 2015 thanks to a joint operation between the Spanish and British police.
Although he was arrested and tried on drugs’ charges, investigators in Spain and the UK are convinced that he was also involved in the murder of Francis Brennan.
A petty criminal on the run from the UK, Brennan disappeared after he was handcuffed and driven away by men posing as Guardia Civil officers. His body showing signs of torture and bound hand and foot was later washed up on an Orihuela beach.
ONE of Britain’s leading drugs barons, who oversaw a £31m cocaine dealing empire from his Spanish bolt-hole, has been jailed for 18 years.
Paul Monk, 56, previously of Nelmes Close, Hornchurch, fled to Spain after serving a nine year prison sentence handed out in 2007 for a £3m cannabis plot organised from his businesses premises in Askew Lane, Grays.
Monk, who was arrested over the latest conspiracy at his villa in Benidorm, was sentenced at the Old Bailey after he admitted conspiracy to supply a quantity of Class A drugs between January 2014 and April 2015.