On June 30, 1955, Drakos was arrested by the British but managed to escape 3 months later. A bounty of 5,000 pounds was placed on his head but that did not deter him from taking part in more battles and acts of sabotage.
Finally, on the night of January 18, 1957 the British forces attacked Drakos and his men at their hideout in Solea. Drakos fought in the rain and hail storm, almost single-handedly, allowing his comrades to escape. His body, with 40 bullet-holes, was recovered and interred by the British in the Central Jail of Lefkosia.