British man, 57, arrested in Colombia for 'smuggling cocaine disguised as dog food'
A British man has been detained in Colombia over allegations that he arranged for tons of cocaine to be smuggled into Europe disguised as dog food and agricultural fertiliser.
Andrew Deamer, originally from Barrow upon Soar in the East Midlands, was detained in a raid on his house in Rionegro.
The property is 20 miles from MedellÃn, where the notorious druglord Pablo Escobar founded his empire.
Colombian authorities released footage of the raid, which show the 57-year-old, wearing shorts and a t-shirt, climbing down from a bolthole in the attic of his villa.
The South American countryâs attorney generalâs office â" the Fiscalia â" allege Mr Deamer, known as âThe Monkeyâ or âMarcosâ, is the ringleader of a drug smuggling operation.
The Fiscalia said: âOur seizures revealed the use of multiple cont rolled substances, essences and dyes to ensure the cocaine had a similar shape, smell, texture and appearance to legal products.
âWhen it was received at the destination, chemists had to travel there to reverse the process for the drug to be sold.â
âHe put his head in the lionâs mouthâ
A source told The Mirror on Sunday that Mr Deamer had earned the trust of Colombiaâs infamous cartels. âHe put his head into the lionâs mouth,â the source said.
Police said 18 others were arrested last November as part of the operation.
Mr Deamer moved from the East Midlands to Florida, before resetting in Colombia.
Photographs uploaded to Facebook show him relaxing in a hilltop pool with five golden retrievers, while in others he posed with his 37-year-old second wife Marcela Zapata.
The Foreign Office said: âWe are providing consular assistance to a British man detained in Colombia.â
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