INTERPOL seeks help to track fugitives in Caribbean
LYON, France (CMC) — The International Police Organisation (INTERPOL) is seeking public assistance in tracking down international fugitives linked to organised crime networks and wanted for various offences, including murder and drug trafficking.
INTERPOL said yesterday that Operation Infra (International Fugitive Round Up and Arrest) Americas, which involves 46 countries and territories in the Caribbean and Central and South America, is targeting 266 fugitives believed to be hiding in Central America and the Caribbean.
"Members of the public are being asked to provide information to help locate 15 individuals, including Rafael Caro-Quintero, the former leader of the Guadalajara Cartel in Mexico," INTERPOL said in a statement.
"They are all cases where no new leads were generated during the initial phase of Infra Americas or where there is no current intelligence on the potential location of these individuals," it added.
Ervin Prenci, criminal intelligence officer with INTERPOL's Fugitive Investigative Unit, which is coordinating Operation Infra Americas, said the public could provide vital leads in helping to bring these fugitives to justice.
"Any piece of information, no matter how small or apparently insignificant could be the missing piece in the puzzle which will help locate these dangerous criminals.
"The public has a valuable role to play in supporting law enforcement efforts, but we would not encourage anyone to take action themselves, but instead to pass on any tips to their local or national police or INTERPOL," he added.
Prenci said information on the possible location of the suspects or any internationally wanted persons can be sent to "INTERPOL's Fugitive Investigative Support Unit, adding that any leads would be passed on to the INTERPOL National Central Bureaus concerned for further action on the ground.
INTERPOL said countries and territories taking part in Operation Infra Americas include Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago and the Turks and Islands.