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Operation Infra-Red

Operation Infra-Red is an INTERPOL initiative to locate and arrest serious long-term international fugitives.  On the run from justice, these criminals have committed crimes such as murder, child sexual abuse, drug trafficking and money laundering.

Background and results

Operation INFRA brings together law enforcement officers from around the world in order to locate and arrest criminals who have fled their national jurisdiction.

Organized by the Fugitive Investigative Support (FIS) Unit, the operation focuses on serious cases, including fugitives wanted for crimes such as murder, child sexual abuse, fraud, corruption, drug trafficking and money laundering.

The first phase of the operation (2010) was named INFRA-RED (short for International Fugitive Round-up and Arrest – Red Notice). In 2011, the operation focused on fugitives wanted in South America and so was named Infra-SA.

International cooperation

Officers drawn from several different countries work together in a special operations room, allowing them to work on their specific cases using I-24/7, INTERPOL's secure global police communications system that links the General Secretariat and National Central Bureaus in each member country.

The fact that officers from many different countries are located together during the operation allows them to exploit the contacts and knowledge that they each have of their own criminal justice system. The principles of teamwork and international cooperation that underpin the whole concept of Operation INFRA contribute greatly to its success.

Participation

In 2010, more than 45 officers from 29 different countries came to the INTERPOL General Secretariat in Lyon, France, during the three-month operational phase of the project.

In 2011, a total of 34 member countries took part, including 11 from the Americas. The operation was run from the newly opened Command and Coordination Centre at INTERPOL’s Regional Bureau for South America, located in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Results 2010 (INFRA-RED)

In 2010, a total of 447 cases were selected according to criteria agreed mutually between the INTERPOL General Secretariat and each participating country.

By the end of November 2010, Infra-Red had resulted in 71 arrests with 90 persons positively located and another 73 possibly located. In other words, approximately 36 per cent of the 447 cases led to a positive outcome.

During the operation, participating officers sent some 700 messages to INTERPOL's global network of countries, with 2,000 messages received in response.

Results 2011 (INFRA-SA)

A total of 209 cases were selected for Infra-SA, which ran from 14 March to 20 July 2011. By the end of this initial period, 61 fugitives had been positively located, out of which 27 fugitives had been arrested (further positive locations were made later in the year).

Of the 61 positive locations, 52 were made in Latin America and nine in countries outside the region (USA, Spain, Belgium and Angola), showing the clear international dimension of fugitive investigations.

More than 1,600 messages were exchanged between police internationally, driving forward the individual cases.

Operation INFRA is a clear example of the importance of bringing together law enforcement officials from different INTERPOL member countries in a structured and coordinated manner in order to actively target international fugitives.

News
10 December 2014

Suspected illegal ivory trader targeted in INTERPOL operation arrested in Zambia

LYON, France – A public appeal as part of an INTERPOL operation focusing on individuals wanted for environmental crimes has led to the arrest of a fugitive in Zambia.Ben Simasiku had fled from Botswana in 2012 after he and three other suspected illegal ivory traders were arrested in possession of 17 cut pieces of elephant tusks weighing approximately 115...
17 November 2014

INTERPOL seeks public assistance to locate environmental crime fugitives in global operation

LYON, France – An INTERPOL operation targeting fugitives wanted for environmental crimes is calling on the public worldwide to help locate them and bring them to justice.Operation Infra (International Fugitive Round Up and Arrest) Terra was launched by the world police body on 6 October, focusing on 139 fugitives wanted by 36 member countries for crimes i...
12 August 2014

Albanian fugitive targeted by INTERPOL arrested in Ecuador

LYON, France – The arrest and positive identification in Ecuador of Dritan Rexhepi, the subject of several INTERPOL Red Notices for internationally wanted individuals and a target of a global INTERPOL fugitive operation, has been hailed by the world police body following international cooperation via INTERPOL.   The Albanian national, aged 34, escap...
16 December 2013

INTERPOL requests public assistance to track international fugitives across Americas

LYON, France – INTERPOL is calling for the public’s assistance in helping to track down international fugitives linked to organized crime networks and wanted for offences including murder and drug trafficking.Operation Infra (International Fugitive Round Up and Arrest) Americas was launched in Costa Rica on 18 November, involving 46 countries and territor...
27 June 2012

Public tip-off leads to arrest in Croatia of Dutch murder suspect targeted in INTERPOL operation

LYON, France – A Dutch national suspected of murder in Belgium and wanted as part of an INTERPOL operation targeting fugitives worldwide has been arrested by police in Croatia, following a tip-off from a member of the public in Ireland.Morgan Schreurs, who is accused of killing a woman he met in a bar in November 1999, is one of the targets highlighted as...
11 June 2012

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

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 mo...
15 April 2011

INTERPOL hunt for international fugitives leads to numerous arrests across South America

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – An INTERPOL operation targeting 207 internationally-wanted fugitives wanted for serious crimes including murder, kidnapping, organized crime and child sexual abuse believed to be hiding in South America has led to arrests across the continent and new investigative leads established for almost a quarter.Investigative leads develop...
11 April 2011

South America focus of INTERPOL operation to track down international fugitives

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Hundreds of international fugitives wanted for serious offences including murder, rape, child sexual abuse, kidnapping and drug trafficking who are believed to be hiding in South America are the focus of an INTERPOL operation which is now appealing for the public’s assistance.Involving 34 countries, and targeting 203 fugitives, O...
26 August 2010

Polish police arrest US paedophile suspect targeted in INTERPOL operation Infra-Red

LYON, France – A suspected US paedophile wanted as part of an INTERPOL-led worldwide operation targeting fugitives convicted or accused of serious crimes has been arrested in Poland. John Hamilton, who is accused of sexually abusing five boys aged between 10 and 16 in the United States, was taken into custody by border guard officers in Gliwice in souther...
09 July 2010

INTERPOL global hunt for fugitives advances with public help

LYON, France – INTERPOL and its member countries are following up on information provided by members of the public following an appeal for their assistance in locating international fugitives wanted for serious crimes including murder, rape, child sexual abuse and human trafficking.Since the call for public assistance on Monday 5 July, a further seven ind...
05 July 2010

INTERPOL-led operation to track international fugitives calls for public assistance

LYON, France – The public is being asked to help provide information on fugitives targeted as part of an INTERPOL-led global operation which has already seen more than 100 internationally-wanted people arrested or located worldwide. INTERPOL launched operation Infra-Red (International Fugitive Round-Up and Arrest – Red Notices) on 3 May targeting 450 fugi...

About INTERPOL Infra operations: Ervin Penci, Criminal Intelligence Officer

INTERPOL operation Infra Terra: Ioannis Kokkinis, Criminal Intelligence Officer

Operation INFRA SA - 2011

Operation INFRA-RED 2010