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Organized crime

Definitions of what constitutes organized crime vary widely from country to country. Organized networks are typically involved in many different types of criminal activity spanning several countries.

These activities may include trafficking in humans, illicit goods, weapons and drugs, armed robbery, counterfeiting and money laundering. Indeed, almost all the crimes areas that we tackle at INTERPOL have an organized aspect.

In this section we focus on three projects that were set up in response to very particular types of criminal network, each of which comes with its unique set of challenges.

These projects facilitate cooperation among our member countries and stimulate the exchange of information between all national and international enforcement bodies concerned with countering these problems.

Our aims within these projects are to:

  • Provide professional and technical expertise;
  • Collect, analyse and disseminate relevant police data;
  • Coordinate international investigations;
  • Identify, establish and maintain contact with experts in the field;
  • Publish manuals, handbooks and reports for investigators.

Additionally, we pursue strategic partnerships with other international organizations and institutions active in specific crime areas, and carry out joint projects on an international level.

News
26 March 2014

Effectively tackling drug trafficking across Africa focus of INTERPOL meeting

LYON, France – Addressing drug trafficking and the diversion of chemical substances in Africa was the focus of INTERPOL’s Annual Working Group meeting of Project Interflow. Some 85 drug investigation specialists from 38 countries across Africa, the Americas, the Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, as well as Europol and the Maritime Analysis an...
05 March 2014

INTERPOL and International Organization for Migration agreement to enhance border security

GENEVA, Switzerland – An agreement between INTERPOL and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will see enhanced cooperation between the two bodies on border security to better combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling.Signed by INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and IOM Director General William Lacy Swing, the agreement formalise...
05 March 2014

Lack of oversight in cigarette components funds organized crime, warns INTERPOL Chief

LYON, France – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble is warning that a lack of oversight in the cigarette component supply chain is being exploited by organized crime to make billions in illegal profits by producing billions of illicit cigarettes.Producers of acetate tow, a key component in cigarette filters, are exporting high volumes of their produ...
20 December 2013

Combating new trends in Latin American organized crime focus of INTERPOL project

BOGOTA, Colombia – A new project to more effectively tackle the growing and evolving crime issues linked to Latin American Organized Crime (LAOC) has been launched by INTERPOL.Proposed by Colombia, the initiative aims to address the new trends in LAOC through more focused intelligence sharing in order to identify potential links between the various organi...
17 December 2013

Security across Americas boosted through INTERPOL training programmes

HAVANA, Cuba – Enhancing regional cooperation in the fight against drugs and organized crime was the focus of the INTERPOL Evaluation Workshop of the Capacity Building Programmes in the Americas (11-13 December) which brought together some 30 delegates from 23 countries and territories across the Americas.The workshop was the last in a series of activitie...
22 November 2013

INTERPOL holds advanced training on criminal intelligence analysis in the Americas

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago – Some 20 law enforcement officials from across the Caribbean attended an advanced criminal intelligence training session aimed at combating drug trafficking and organized crime activities in the region.The five-day course (18-22 November) is part of the INTERPOL Capacity Building Programme on Criminal Intelligence Analy...
23 September 2013

Korean arrest of INTERPOL Red Notice subject major blow to Chinese organized crime

SEOUL, Korea – One of China’s most wanted criminals and subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice for attempted murder and organized crime membership has been arrested in Seoul following months of intelligence work and operational cooperation between the INTERPOL National Central Bureaus (NCBs) in Seoul and Beijing.Chinese national Chuanbo Lu is believed to be on...
02 July 2013

Drugs worth nearly one billion dollars seized in INTERPOL-led operation across Central America and the Caribbean

LYON, France – Nearly 30 tonnes of cocaine, heroin and marijuana with an estimated value of USD 822 million have been seized in an INTERPOL-led operation targeting the maritime trafficking of drugs and illicit firearms by organized crime groups across Central America and the Caribbean.Operation Lionfish, coordinated by INTERPOL’s Regional Bureau for Centr...
19 June 2013

Police arrest high-level organized crime members in Italian-led action

LYON, France – An operation led by Italian law enforcement, supported by INTERPOL and Europol, targeting a Georgian criminal organization linked to the transnational Eurasian organized crime phenomenon of ‘Thieves in Law’ has led to the arrest of 19 suspects across Europe.During the operation on 18 June, police in six countries – Italy, Czech Republic, Fr...
28 May 2013

INTERPOL wins global award for ‘exceptional’ work in combating illicit trade and counterfeiting

LYON, France – The Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG) has named INTERPOL the 2013 winner of its International Public Body award for its ‘exceptional’ work towards combating the trafficking in illicit goods and counterfeiting.Announced on World Anti-Counterfeiting Day, the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Awards are made as a continuing recognition of speci...
24 May 2013

INTERPOL training to enhance analytical skills in the fight against drugs and organized crime in the Americas

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Some 20 law enforcement officials from the Caribbean have gathered in Barbados for a criminal intelligence training session focused on combating drug trafficking and transnational organized crime in the region.The two-week course (20 – 31 May), organized by INTERPOL with the support of the National Central Bureau in Bridgetown, is p...
10 May 2013

Bahamas hosts INTERPOL programme to enhance fight against organized crime in the Americas

NASSAU, Bahamas – The latest session in a three-year programme coordinated by INTERPOL to boost national law enforcement’s ability to fight drugs trafficking and organized crime across the Americas has opened in Nassau, Bahamas.Some 21 law enforcement officials involved in investigations into illicit drugs and transnational organized crime from across Cen...
23 November 2012

WCO and INTERPOL bolster fight against transnational organized crime

BRUSSELS, Belgium - The Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO), Kunio Mikuriya, and the Secretary General of INTERPOL, Ronald K. Noble, met at WCO Headquarters today to reaffirm cooperation between the two organizations in their efforts to bolster the fight against transnational organized crime.INTERPOL and the WCO have a long history o...
17 October 2012

Spanish operation targeting criminal networks and money laundering supported by INTERPOL

MADRID, Spain – Nearly 80 people have been arrested across Spain and some EUR 10 million seized in an operation to break up criminal networks of Chinese origin involved in money laundering and other financial crimes.Operation Emperador, organized by the Spanish police with support from INTERPOL, saw more than 120 raids carried out on industrial zones, car...
01 April 2012

INTERPOL praises capture of mafia boss in Thailand

LYON, France – The detention in Bangkok of a man wanted in Italy for mafia-related criminal conspiracy and the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice for internationally-wanted persons has been praised by INTERPOL Chief Ronald K. Noble as an example of effective international police cooperation.Vito Roberto Palazzolo, aged 64, was stopped by the Royal Thai pol...
06 December 2011

Panama hosts first INTERPOL programme to boost fight against drugs and organized crime in Americas

PANAMA CITY, Panama – The first session of a three-year programme coordinated by INTERPOL to boost national law enforcement’s ability to fight drugs and organized crime across the Americas has opened in Panama.The two week course (5-16 December), organized by INTERPOL’s Capacity Building and Training Directorate, brings together 17 law enforcement officia...
09 May 2011

FIFA makes historic contribution to INTERPOL in long-term fight against match-fixing

ZURICH, Switzerland - Global efforts to prevent corruption in football today reached a milestone with the announcement that the world football’s governing body, FIFA, is to donate to INTERPOL the largest grant it has ever received from a private institution to create an unprecedented 10-year-programme worth EUR 20 million at a dedicated FIFA Anti-Corrupti...
15 December 2010

Tackling organized crime in South East Europe focus of police chiefs meeting at INTERPOL

LYON, France – Police chiefs from across South East Europe are gathering at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters to identify ways of strengthening co-operation to combat organized crime in the region.The meeting, which brings together more than 70 senior law enforcement officials from 25 countries in addition to representatives from international...
16 July 2010

Thousands arrested in INTERPOL-led operation against illegal soccer gambling networks across Asia

LYON, France – More than 5,000 people have been arrested and nearly 10 million US dollars seized in an INTERPOL co-ordinated operation in Asia run throughout the 2010 FIFA World Cup targeting illegal soccer gambling linked to organized crime gangs. In the month-long operation codenamed SOGA III, police across China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Malaysi...
17 June 2010

INTERPOL Chief calls for concerted global action against organized crime in UN address on 10th anniversary of Palermo Convention

NEW YORK – The head of the world’s largest police organization today stressed the need for global police collaboration and information sharing in his address to the Special High Level Meeting of the UN General Assembly on Transnational Organized Crime.INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said that ‘in a world which has evolved dramatically since 200...
01 April 2010

INTERPOL supported operation targeting organized crime in South East Europe leads to heroin seizure and arrests

The first joint operation co-ordinated under INTERPOL project BESA targeting organized crime groups in South East Europe has resulted in the arrest of five men and the seizure of more than six kilos of heroin by police in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.The arrests in Strumica on Saturday 27 March follow close co-operation between police in the...