Moment former Happy Mondays tour manager is arrested in Turkey after police found £80m worth of cocaine on boat sailing from Colombia
- This is the moment ex-Happy Mondays tour boss was arrested in Turkey
- Murray was among 15 suspects detained in October after a drugs bust
- The drugs were discovered hidden in 3,500 bags of fertilizer on board a ship
This is the moment ex-Happy Mondays tour boss Anthony Murray was nailed in Turkey over his alleged role in a £80m cocaine haul.
Footage shows Murray, 52 – a leading light in the hedonistic Madchester music scene – flee a hotel just seconds before being arrested over the massive drugs bust.
Murray was among 15 suspects detained in October when dogs sniffed out 228 kg of coke on board a cargo ship at Istanbul’s Ambarli port.
The drugs were discovered hidden in 3,500 bags of fertilizer on board the vessel from Colombia – the world’s cocaine capital.
Newly-obtained footage shows him looking nervous in the hotel lobby, before cops then strike and arrest him
Cops struck when a member of the gang sent an encrypted message which said: ‘Take 4 guests no problem’
Ex-Happy Mondays tour boss Anthony Murray was arrested in Turkey over his alleged role in a £80m cocaine haul
It has been reported in Turkey that Murray – described there as a ‘British drugs baron’ – tried to escape from the hotel after allegedly learning that the deal had been rumbled.
Following Murray step by step, the police caught him trying to escape from the hotel he was staying in Sirkeci.
Newly-obtained footage shows him looking nervous in the hotel lobby, before cops then strike and arrest him.
Turkish police claim the former tour boss was nicknamed ‘doctor’ and was in charge of the shipment along with two Turkish men.
Cops struck when a member of the gang sent an encrypted message which said: ‘Take 4 guests no problem’.
Murray reportedly left the lobby as soon as he learned the drugs had been seized at a nearby port. According to security sources reported in Turkey, Murray was allegedly at the ‘management level’ of the organisation behind the haul.
Murray is a long-term pal of Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder. The Salford band, whose albums include Pills, Thrills and Bellyaches, were legendary for their off-stage antics.
The drugs were discovered hidden in 3,500 bags of fertilizer on board the vessel from Colombia – the world’s cocaine capital
Photographs released by police in Turkey show a squad of cops and sniffer dogs stood proudly next to the huge haul of cocaine. The Happy Mondays were renowned for drug use and caused mayhem in Barbados in 1990 when they went to finish an album.
The island was chosen due to it being totally clean of heroin when Ryder was heavily addicted at the time.
The group soon ran out of cash – promoting them to start flogging the studio’s equipment. #
Murray was previously jailed in 2014 for three years over a 29 kg cannabis deal. Britain’s FBI – the National Crime Agency – busted him after they placed him under surveillance.
His son Joel, 23, has previously been jailed for supplying cocaine and ecstasy to the Manchester party scene.
And daughter Poppy, 28, was given a suspended sentence for acting as a go-between. Murray – nicknamed Muzzer by pals – remains in prison in Turkey where he is reportedly recovering after catching Covid. He has yet to be charged, it is understood.