A SUSPECTED drug dealing mastermind from Poland, who is on the UK's most-wanted list, is believed to be hiding out in Cheltenham.
Anna Jankawska is wanted by police chiefs in connection with high-level drug-trafficking in her native country.
The 26-year-old is on a list of the 18 most wanted foreign national suspected criminals in the UK released by the Metropolitan Police today under Operation Sunfire.
It comprises high-risk offenders suspected of crimes including murder, rape and firearms offences.
Community leaders were shocked that Jankawska could be in Cheltenham.
Urszula Przybysz- Pereira, who runs a Polish community group in the town, urged people to come forward if they knew anything about her.
She said: "I am shocked to hear that this person may be living in Cheltenham.
"There is a very big Polish community here, which has grown a lot in the last few years. We are a very close-knit community, but I don't think anyone would deliberately harbour a suspected criminal."
Jankawska, who is of medium build with dark brown hair, is also thought to have links to Mitcham and Wimbledon, in London.
Chiefs at the Metropolitan Police were unable to elaborate on details of her alleged crimes, which took place between 2008 and 2009, but confirmed she was linked to drug-trafficking offences.
Only the most high-risk foreign national suspected offenders are included on the most-wanted list – made up of people from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, Romania, Albania and Turkey.
Darren Stevens, vice chairman of Gloucestershire Crimestoppers board, said: "It is worrying to think this person may be hiding in Cheltenham, which is why we are fully supporting the Metropolitan Police in their campaign.
"All the people on that list are wanted in connection with serious crimes and if we can get people coming forward with information that is what we want."
Residents have been warned not to approach Jankawska. Instead, they should contact police immediately.
If you have information, call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.