Finally, a British most wanted cigarette smuggler, caught after a manhunt of 10 years but surprisingly, he has been released by the Spanish authorities on bail.
McGowan, a 60 years old man, was wanted by the police since 2001. His crime was actually bringing the cigarettes of worth £16 million in the Britain illegally. He held accused of this illegal activity and a warrant issued for his arrest but the police could not do so until the officials received the information that McGowan is currently living in Valencia, Spain.
The paramilitary Civil Guard arrested him based on the information received and sent him to the Spain National Criminal Court. All the facts were presented and the criminal was sent to prison near Mardrid. This prison was popular for its top security but unfortunately, McGowan granted a bail by Spanish court. It was sure that this effort was all for his second run and this proved right. Since he has been released on bail under Spanish law, no one has seen him.
His release was a complete blunder according to many officials. One of them is Chris Leslie, Nottingham East MP. He clearly stated that a criminal like McGowan should not be released. It was a mistake and to rectify this mistake Leslie is planning to write a letter to Foreign Minister William Hague. His purpose to write this letter is to make the authorities realize that how the extradition cases are dealt with must be reviewed.
However, authorities are still looking for McGowan, who has been accused of smuggling cigarettes. The truth was revealed when he was caught with ten other men along with the containers of Superkings cigarettes. The unfortunate thing is that despite of his crime he is still out there!