Police swooped on a plane as it landed in a village airfield and arrested a wanted man trying to enter the country from France.
Gerard Davies, 59, had been released from prison after serving time on drugs importation charges but was wanted on prison recall after breaking terms of his release.
The drama unfolded just before darkness fell on Tuesday.
Officers turned up at the Tarn Farm airfield in Cockerham to wait for the small single-engine light aircraft to land.
An eyewitness said: “When the plane landed and came into the hangar, the police pounced on it.
“There were four police cars, two ‘Marias’ and CID.
“They seized two vehicles and have been searching others. They were there all night guarding the place.”
Another witness said: “The police seemed quite chuffed they had got him.”
Two other men, a 48-year-old from Blackpool and a 67-year-old from Oldham, were arrested on suspicion of drugs offences and bailed until February.
Police left the scene at around 1.30pm on Wednesday after checking through CCTV.