Almost a week after the family of a fugitive claimed he died in Dubai, the Foreign Office and Interpol say they are still unable to confirm whether his body has been discovered.
The family of Thomas Wynn, wanted in connection with an alleged £5 million conspiracy to supply Class A drugs from Liverpool to Eastbourne and Brighton, say he was found dead in a Dubai hotel last week after suffering a massive heart attack.
Sussex Police said it was looking into the claims and was speaking to the Foreign Office and to consular officials in the United Arab Emirates.
A spokesman said the report of Mr Wynn’s death is yet to be verified.
Newspapers and British ex-pats living in Dubai have also not reported any news of his death.
Tributes have been paid on Facebook to Mr Wynn, who lived in Liverpool but spent many years living in Eastbourne and rented properties in the town including Sovereign Harbour.
Mr Wynn, the former best pal of assassinated Liverpool gangster George Bromley, was arrested as part of an operation into vast amounts of heroin being shipped from Merseyside to the south coast.
Mr Wynn, who lived at an address in Tobacco Wharf, Commercial Road, Vauxhall, is thought to have fled to Thailand after being bailed on March 24, before then moving on to Dubai.
Mr Wynn, originally from south Liverpool, had previously worked as a self-employed car salesman and nightclub bouncer.
So far 11 people have been charged under Operation Wildwood.
They include Arthur Jones 53, of Downs Avenue, Eastbourne, and Paul Shannon 58, of Compass Court, Eastbourne, who have both been remanded in custody for trial at Lewes Crown Court on April 11 next year, charged with conspiracy to supply heroin.
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