International operation led by INTERPOL reveals scale of illicit goods trafficking

July 18, 2012

INTERPOL on July 17, 2012 released the following:

“More than 1,400 arrested or probed and millions of illicit goods seized in Operation Black Poseidon

LYON, France – An INTERPOL-led operation against illicit goods trafficking across Eastern Europe has revealed the extent and increasingly elaborate methods used by transnational crime groups to traffic illicit goods with more than 1,400 individuals arrested or under investigation and the seizure of 7.3 million trafficked goods.

The month-long Operation Black Poseidon (May 2012) involved INTERPOL’s National Central Bureaus in Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Turkey and Ukraine working with national police and investigators who carried out some 1,700 interventions at commercial locations including markets, as well as at ports and airports, in cooperation with prosecutors, customs and intellectual property crime experts.

Vasyl Nevolia, the Head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Kiev, Ukraine, said: “Operation Black Poseidon was important in removing potentially dangerous and sub-standard goods from circulation. It highlights the need for international police cooperation and what can be achieved through regional and global operations against organized crime networks.”

“The success and the increased awareness provided by Operation Black Poseidon demonstrates that the fight against intellectual and industrial property crimes has become a priority for Turkey’s police authorities, in addition to fighting terrorism and drug trafficking,” said Rafet Ufuk Önder, the Head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Ankara, Turkey.

With officers from INTERPOL’s Trafficking in Illicit Goods unit coordinating the international operation both on the ground and at its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, Operation Black Poseidon led to the seizure of illicit clothing, toys, foods, electronics, cigarettes and tobacco, agrochemicals and vehicle spare parts worth 123 million Euros.

“Operation Black Poseidon will have dealt a serious blow against the transnational criminal networks behind illicit trade, as well as protected the public from potentially dangerous substandard and fake goods, and raised awareness of the threat these represent,” said Simone Di Meo, Criminal Intelligence Officer with INTERPOL’s Trafficking in Illicit Goods programme and the operation’s coordinator.

The operation was carried out within the framework of INTERPOL’s Trafficking in Illicit Goods initiative which aims to identify and dismantle the organized crime networks siphoning billions of Euros from the public purse through the trafficking of illicit goods.

“The high number of arrests and illicit goods seized during Operation Black Poseidon highlights the international scale of illicit trade and the benefits national police, customs and other law enforcement agencies derive from working closely together with representatives of regulatory bodies and the private sector to stop the criminal networks behind this crime,” said John Newton, the head of INTERPOL’s Trafficking in Illicit Goods unit.

INTERPOL’s initiative combating illicit trade will assist police across its 190 member countries to not only target the transnational crime groups but also identify the routes used in transporting illicit goods, which are often also used for human trafficking and drug smuggling.

The key role that industry will play in supporting INTERPOL’s initiative was underlined with the decision by Phillip Morris International in June to pledge 15 million Euros over a three-year period to INTERPOL’s Fund for a Safer World to help the world police body develop a strong global programme against trafficking in illicit goods.”

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INTERPOL’s largest operation combating illegal ivory trafficking targets criminal syndicates

June 20, 2012

INTERPOL on June 19, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – INTERPOL’s largest ever transnational operation targeting criminal organizations behind the illegal trafficking of ivory has resulted in more than 200 arrests and the seizure of nearly two tonnes of contraband elephant ivory.

The three-month long Operation Worthy, which involved 14 countries across Eastern, Southern and Western Africa also resulted in the recovery of more than 20 kilos of rhinoceros horn in addition to lion, leopard and cheetah pelts, crocodile and python skins, live tropical birds, turtles, and other protected species destined to be illegally trafficked around the world. Firearms including AK-47s, G3s and M16s were also seized by law enforcement officers.

More than 320 officers from a range of agencies including police, customs, environmental protection agencies, veterinary services, airport security, ministries of tourism and national prosecuting authorities took part in Operation Worthy which saw interventions carried out at markets, ports, shops, border crossings and during roadside checks.

“This has been to date the most wide-ranging operation coordinated by INTERPOL against the illegal ivory trade, not just in terms of seizures and arrests, but also in targeting the criminal organizations making millions of dollars through the killing and destruction of wildlife and their habitat, and associated crimes such as murder, corruption and money laundering,” said David Higgins, manager of INTERPOL’s Environmental Crime Programme.

“The intelligence gathered during Operation Worthy will enable us to identify the links between the poachers and the global networks driving and facilitating the crime. By identifying their international trafficking routes, arresting those involved at higher levels, and suppressing the crime at its source, in transit, and at its destination we are making a real contribution to the conservation of the world’s environment and biodiversity,” concluded Mr Higgins.

Ahead of the operation, a training programme hosted by Botswana and sponsored by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) brought together officers from the participating countries to update them on the latest search and seizure techniques and also to allow them to directly exchange information and expertise.

“Thousands of elephants are butchered for their ivory every year and the situation continues to worsen. 2011 was the worst year on record for seizures with over 23 tonnes of ivory seized,” said Kelvin Alie, IFAW’s Wildlife Crime Director. “These animals suffer terribly as they are cruelly killed or wounded so that their skins, tusks, quills and other body parts can be torn off and trafficked.”

A key element of Operation Worthy was building national inter-agency cooperation through National Environmental Security Taskforces (NESTs) which bring together representatives of police, customs, environmental agencies, revenue departments, transport, health agencies, prosecutors and INTERPOL National Central Bureaus (NCBs).

NESTs ensure an innovative and coordinated law enforcement response to the sophisticated and organized criminal networks at national levels and through the INTERPOL NCBs, act alongside other NESTs at regional and international levels to combat globalized environmental crime.

Operation Worthy was part of INTERPOL’s Project WISDOM, an initiative against elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn poaching funded by the UK Department of Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and IFAW.

Countries which participated in Operation Worthy: Ethiopia, Botswana, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe.”

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INTERPOL calls on public to help track international fugitives in global operation

June 11, 2012

INTERPOL on June 11, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – An INTERPOL operation targeting fugitives wanted for offences including murder, robbery, kidnapping and drug trafficking is calling for the public’s help in locating and bringing them to justice.

Operation Infra-Red (International Fugitive Round Up and Arrest – Red Notices) 2012 was launched by the world police body on 14 May, focusing on more than 500 fugitives wanted by 57 member countries and has already led to the arrest or location of internationally-wanted people worldwide.

It was within the framework of Operation Infra-Red that suspected killer, Luka Rocco Magnotta, was arrested in Germany just four days after INTERPOL issued a Red Notice for the 29-year-old at the request of Canadian authorities.

A number of Infra-Red 2012 targets wanted for a range of offences are now being specifically highlighted as part of the public appeal for assistance.

Stefano Carvelli, Head of INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support unit, which is coordinating Infra-Red, said the Magnotta case highlights the vital contribution that the public can make in helping police find criminals on the run.

“Often Infra-Red cases are those where all police leads have been exhausted and fresh information is needed to give the investigations new drive, which is why we are appealing to the public to assist us,” said Mr Carvelli.

“I would urge everyone to look closely at the photos of these individuals, think about people they have met either in the real world or via social networking sites, could they be one of these fugitives?

“Any information at all could prove crucial in identifying and bringing these people to justice, some of whom have been hiding for years,” added Mr Carvelli.

Since the initial Infra-Red in 2010 similar operations, Infra-SA (South America) and Infra-SEA (South East Asia) have been coordinated by INTERPOL, resulting in arrests around the globe, including most recently that of Stanislav Molodyakov, wanted by Russian authorities in connection with child sex crime offences who was taken into custody by Cambodian police on Monday 4 June.

The initial phase of operation Infra-Red 2012 saw investigators from 28 of the participating countries and Europol gather at the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France to directly share information on suspects.

Details of the wanted persons, their suspected locations and any other potentially identifying information was collated and analysed, before being sent to involved countries through INTERPOL’s global network of 190 National Central Bureaus for action.

Information on the whereabouts of the targets of Operation Infra-Red 2012 or any internationally-wanted persons can be sent to INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support unit. Information can also be given anonymously to any national Crime Stoppers programme, or via www.csiworld.org”

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EURO 2012 INTERPOL interview with Lieutenant Colonel Rafal Lysakowski

June 11, 2012

INTERPOLHQ published on YouTube on June 9, 2012 the following:

UEFA European Football Championship safety an INTERPOL priority

To assist local police authorities in making the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship in Ukraine and Poland as safe as possible for the players, officials and thousands of expected spectators, two INTERPOL Major Events Support Teams (IMESTs) have been deployed to the two host countries to help detect potential threats of terrorism, hooliganism and serious crime and to facilitate the real-time exchange of key police information to secure their borders.

Composed of experienced specialized police officers and highly trained operational assistants, the two IMEST teams were put in place ahead of the opening of the event (8 June — 1 July), to help make critical data accessible to key security officials in the two host countries.

The IMEST teams will help local police forces secure the four-week event by facilitating access to INTERPOL’s secure network which permits the exchange of vital police data such as fingerprints, images, stolen identity documents and wanted person profiles with all 190 INTERPOL member countries, allowing police in the field to quickly identify potential criminals.

“The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship is not exclusively a Ukrainian and Polish event. From a security standpoint, it is an international event, with all the security risks that entails,” commented Michael O’Connell, Director of Operational Police Support at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France.

“The safety of thousands of fans over the next four weeks is INTERPOL’s current top priority, which is why the INTERPOL IMEST teams will be there throughout the event to provide operational support to national law enforcement authorities, along with the INTERPOL National Central Bureaus in Warsaw and Kiev,” O’Connell added.

With thousands of visitors travelling to Poland and Ukraine during the tournament, ensuring security is the top priority for local law enforcement, as terrorists and other international criminals might try to use falsified, stolen or lost passports to conceal their identities and enter the country to engage in criminal activities.

To counter this threat, IMEST staff in Kiev and Warsaw will be able to process and check thousands of identity profiles with instant, direct access to INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database, which contains information on more than 32 million travel documents reported as lost or stolen by 163 countries and enables immigration and border control officers to ascertain the validity of a suspect travel document in seconds.

To date, some 70 IMESTs have provided support to countries across the world. INTERPOL is also preparing to deploy an IMEST to London to boost security at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In addition to the deployment of IMEST teams, INTERPOL will also be supporting the UEFA event through its coordination of Operation SOGA — short for ‘soccer gambling’ — targeting illegal football gambling across Southeast Asia.”

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INTERPOL Heads of NCBs in Americas meeting focuses on law enforcement cooperation

June 5, 2012

INTERPOL on June 5, 2012 released the following:

“MEDELLIN, Colombia ‒ A working session of Heads of National Central Bureaus (NCBs) of INTERPOL’s Americas region has been held in the framework of the 10th Regional Conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, which also involved AMERIPOL.

The two-day event (4-5 June) was attended by INTERPOL’s President Khoo Boon Hui, Vice President for the Americas and Director General of the National Police of Colombia, Oscar Adolfo Naranjo Trujillo, Executive Committee member for the Americas and Head of INTERPOL’s Washington National Central Bureau, Tim Williams and Executive Committee member for Asia, Nobuyuki Kawai.

In his welcome address, Mr Khoo Boon Hui underlined how ‘cooperation between INTERPOL, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and AMERIPOL is essential if we wish to constantly strive to combat crime the best we can, here in the Americas and in the rest of the world’.

Some 20 senior police officials from the region took part in the working session focused on promoting international cooperation and exchange of information between countries in the Americas, INTERPOL NCBs and specialist enforcement agencies.”

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INTERPOL commends international police cooperation resulting in swift arrest of suspected Canadian killer

June 5, 2012

INTERPOL on June 4, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France ‒ The arrest in Germany of Luka Rocco Magnotta, a Canadian national suspected of murder and the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice for internationally-wanted persons, highlights the essential role of international police cooperation and sharing intelligence in fugitive investigations, a senior INTERPOL official has said.

At the request of Canadian authorities, on 31 May INTERPOL issued a Red Notice for 29-year-old Magnotta, wanted for arrest in the killing of a man and posting his body parts to various locations around Canada. German authorities confirmed that Magnotta was taken into custody by police in Berlin today, Monday 4 June.

INTERPOL’S 24/7 Command and Coordination Centre circulated the Red Notice in all four of its official languages, Arabic, English, French and Spanish, to each of its 190 member countries after it was believed Magnotta, who is also known as Eric Clinton Newman or Vladimir Romanov, had fled Canada for France.

Thereafter, INTERPOL Canada and the relevant INTERPOL National Central Bureaus began sharing intelligence on Magnotta’s whereabouts. In light of the dangerous nature of the suspected murderer, all information on the case was treated as a priority by INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigation Support unit and its Command and Coordination Centre at its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France.

Throughout the case, INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters remained in constant touch with the relevant National Central Bureaus worldwide and specialist fugitive investigation units to ensure a seamless flow of intelligence in following up potential leads provided by both law enforcement and the public.

“Magnotta’s arrest demonstrates the benefits of INTERPOL’s worldwide network of National Central Bureaus sharing information on dangerous fugitives believed to have fled abroad. Police know that the best way to catch fugitives anywhere in the world is to use INTERPOL’s tools and services,” said the Head of INTERPOL’s Fugitives unit, Stefano Carvelli.

“INTERPOL congratulates all of the authorities and its National Central Bureaus in Canada, France, Germany and elsewhere for their collaborative efforts which led to the rapid arrest of this wanted individual,” added Mr Carvelli.

INTERPOL Red Notices serve to communicate to police worldwide that a person is wanted by a member country and request that the suspect be placed under provisional arrest pending extradition.”

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INTERPOL welcomes landmark conviction of Charles Taylor for aiding and abetting war crimes

April 30, 2012

INTERPOL on April 26, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – The conviction of former Liberian President Charles Taylor for offences including aiding and abetting war crimes, crimes against humanity, rape and murder by the Special Court for Sierra Leone has been praised as a ‘landmark’ decision by INTERPOL.

The world police body, which had issued a Red Notice, or international wanted persons alert, for Taylor at the request of the UN-backed war crimes tribunal welcomed the historic ruling, marking the end of the trial which began in 2007, as a milestone for justice.

“Charles Taylor’s conviction clearly demonstrates the commitment and resolve of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and INTERPOL will continue to work closely with all international tribunals to identify, locate and bring to justice those individuals accused of war crimes,” said Stefano Carvelli, head of INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support (FIS) unit.

Since the issue of the Red Notice in December 2003, INTERPOL’s FIS unit has been liaising with the Special Court for Sierra Leone, particularly in 2006 after Taylor’s escape from custody in Nigeria just days before he was due to be handed over to the court.

Officers from FIS have also worked closely with the National Central Bureaus in Sierra Leone, Liberia and other involved member countries and in 2009, a Red Notice was issued for Benjamin Yeaten, the former Director of the Special Security Service under Charles Taylor, who is wanted by Liberian authorities for murder.”

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