The family of a man wanted by police in connection with supplying drugs in Eastbourne and Brighton say he has been found dead overseas.
Close family members have reported that Thomas Wynn was discovered in a hotel room in Dubai.
He is thought to have suffered a massive heart attack.
The Foreign Office is looking in to the matter and has yet to confirm his death.
Police are also waiting to hear from the consulate in the United Arab Emirates.
The 49-year-old Liverpudlian, who spent many years living in Eastbourne, was wanted in connection with an alleged £5 million conspiracy to supply heroin from Liverpool to Eastbourne and neighbouring Brighton.
Police officers have been searching for Mr Wynn who failed to answer police bail in relation to an investigation, called Operation Wildwood.
He has an address in Tobacco Wharf, Commercial Road, Liverpool, but also has links to other addresses in that city.
He has links to Eastbourne and Brighton as well and over the years had rented properties in Eastbourne town centre and at Sovereign Harbour.
He was arrested on March 24 this year and was released on police bail while enquiries continued.
A major search has been underway for Mr Wynn, who is believed to have travelled to Thailand before travelling on to Dubai.
Tributes have been left to him on social media pages including Facebook.
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.
To date 19 people have now been arrested as part of the police operation.
This follows 10 months work by the Organised Crime Team as part of Operation Wildwood.
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