Cocaine smuggler last seen in north west London still on the run
- Credit: Archant
A drug smuggler who absconded from an open prison having served barely a quarter of his sentence is still on the run a year after he was last seen in north west London.
Artur Topalli failed to return to Hollesley Bay prison in Suffolk on November 7 last year after being granted temporary release for three days.
The 31-year-old was last spotted in north west London at 11am that day.
He had been serving a jail term of six years and eight months for attempting to illegally import eight kilos of cocaine, with a street value of £771,840, through the Channel Tunnel.
MP Dr Therese Coffey wrote to the prisons’ minister at the Ministry of Justice at the time to find out why he was allowed on temporary release just 21 months into his sentence.
You may also want to watch:
She said: “We know that open prisons are used to prepare people for eventual release and rehabilitate them, but my constituents will want to know why someone serving quite a long sentence was released after serving only a quarter of it.”
Police continue to appeal for the public’s help to trace Topalli.
- 1 Two arrested in connection with fatal Neasden stabbing
- 2 Fundraiser launched after beloved mum found collapsed in Barham Park dies
- 3 Third stabbing in Neasden as murder investigation under way
- 4 Man dies after stabbing in Brent
- 5 Wembley drug dealer jailed for biting, scratching and pushing police
- 6 Fourteen fined for lockdown breach after car meet in Park Royal
- 7 Brent councillor calls for improved social distancing in supermarkets
- 8 MP Dawn Butler: Support available to get through lockdown
- 9 Dozens 'found breaching Covid restrictions' at shisha cafe
- 10 'Distress' as eggs thrown at ambulances in Neasden
A spokesman said: “Police do not believe that he poses a wider risk to members of the public and are asking that anyone who may have seen him, or who has any information about his whereabouts, to contact police on 101. “Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”