A BRITISH fugitive who was caught in Estepona last October after escaping from prison was today back behind bars.

Gerard Hagan, 29, fled to the Costa del Sol after he was locked up in 2008 for his role in a botched cocaine smuggling operation.

He has now been ordered to serve the remaining six years of his ten year sentence, with an additional six months for escaping custody.

Last year he was re-captured by Spanish police outside a gym in Estepona, in an operation coordinated by the National Crime Agency, and then extradited back to England in November.

Police say Hagan, from Liverpool, had been on the run since escaping Kirkham Prison in Preston in July 2012.

The 2008 drugs operation failed when an inflatable boat carrying 1500kg of cocaine ashore was overloaded and capsized off the coast of Cork, Ireland.

Hagan swam ashore but returned to the water to rescue his accomplice, Martin Wanden.

The £350m plot, which involved several other Brits, was organised by former-Met drugs squad detective Michael Daly, who was later jailed for 22 years.

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