Britain’s National Crime Agency says it has arrested one of Europe’s most wanted men, nabbing the suspected head of a Romanian organised crime network.

The NCA says Romanian Florin Ghinea, 43 was detained after leaving a gym in Watford, about 25 kilometres north-west of central London.

Romanian authorities are seeking Ghinea, who goes by the nickname “Ghenosu”, on allegations he organised a trafficking ring that dispatched Romanian women to Ireland, Finland and Dubai for sexual exploitation.

He is also accused of conspiring to kill a criminal rival.

Ghinea faces extradition to Romania. During hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court on Wednesday, he was ordered held in custody until his next hearing September 25.

National Crime Agency deputy director Tom Dowdall says criminals “will find no sanctuary in the UK. Ghinea was arrested as a result of some excellent joint working between the NCA, our partners in Romania and Hertfordshire Police.”

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