A man billed as one of Britain’s most wanted fugitives, Jamie Acourt, has been remanded in custody today for his alleged involvement in a £4m cannabis dealing plot.
Acourt was extradited to the UK from Spain on Wednesday after he was arrested outside the Metropolitan Sagrada Familia hotel gym in Barcelona last month.
The 42-year-old appeared at the Westminster magistrates court on Thursday where he faced a single charge of conspiring to supply class B drugs between 2014 and 2016.
According to MailOnline, Prosecutor Henry Fitch told the court: “The charge sheet reads that over a period of 25 months there was a conspiracy to supply cannabis of a quantity in excess of three to four tonnes which involved 34 to 35 trips abroad.”
Acourt, from south London, was remanded in custody ahead of a plea and trial preparation hearing at Kingston Crown Court on 5 July.
The Met charged Acourt shortly after he was taken into custody at a London police station yesterday.
Acourt was being hunted by police investigating the large-scale supply of drugs and was arrested in a joint operation between the Met, the National Crime Agency and Spanish police.
Acourt was a former suspect in the 1993 murder of Stephen Lawrence but has always denied any involvement in the killing.