Alan Young thought he had found the perfect hiding spot when police was looking for him, a pig farm.
Alan was a drug dealer who successfully evaded police for 5 years by hiding in a pig farm before finally getting caught. Young was to attend court for sentencing after getting arrested for illegally planting marijuana for commercial purposes, instead, he bought a one-way ticket to the United States and fled the UK in 2012.
5 years later, authorities received a tip-off and went to pursue the 52 year old, eventually arresting him hiding in his girlfriend’s pig and chicken farm in Mims, Florida. He was extradited and handed over to the British authorities. Young is now facing three years and eight months in jail for growing marijuana with intention to sell and evading court.
Police searched Young’s house back in March 2012 in Westminster Road, Kirkdale and found marijuana valued between $17,500 to $36,000. Young pleaded guilty and was set to attend court on October 23 for sentencing, but on October 14, he boarded a plane headed to Florida was never seen again for almost 5 years. Merseyside Police was given Young after he was arrested in Florida and took him back to London, where he was given his harsh (yet just) sentence.
Tom Watson said in Young’s defence that even though Young was thought to be living a “high life” (we certainly hope the pun was intended) instead of serving his sentence, he was in actuality living in constant fear that a knock would come on the door and he’d be taken away.
We don’t encourage running away from the law, especially if you were caught in possession of marijuana, but if you were to flee the nation, maybe go to a country that hasn’t signed the extradition treaty. Some good examples are Madagascar, China, United Arab Emirates, Russia, Taiwan, Ukraine, and the Maldives, to name a few.