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 one of the principal leaders of a major organized crime syndicate involved in blackmail, extortion, drug smuggling, money laundering and the illegal running of casinos in China.
An INTERPOL Red Notice was requested by Chinese authorities after Lu fled his native country for neighbouring Korea.
The INTERPOL Notice enabled Korea’s Fugitive Pursuit Squad to seek and locate Lu. Officers then conducted surveillance on Lu’s luxury hideout home in the Gangnam district, from where he was believed to be directing organized crime operations in China.
“China’s Red Notice was circulated over INTERPOL’s global police network ensuring that the right information was in the hands of the right people at the right moment, enabling us to take action,” said Jong-Gil Kim, Head of Seoul Metropolitan Police International Crime Investigation Unit. “Lu’s arrest must be a severe blow to this significant international organized crime network,” he added.
“This is another victory for Chinese and South Korean police cooperation,” stated Shui Jiang, Director of China’s Ministry of Public Security INTERPOL Division. “This arrest proves once again that no matter where criminals hide, INTERPOL tools help our countries locate dangerous fugitives.”
Following his arrest by Korean authorities, Lu was handed over to Chinese authorities on 16 September in Seoul.
The Korean National Police Agency and the Ministry of Public Security of China meet annually to discuss INTERPOL Red Notices subjects of mutual interest. A Red Notice - or international wanted persons alert - can be requested by any INTERPOL member country and is issued by INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters.
Placed in INTERPOL’s central database which can be queried by any of the world police body’s 190 member countries, Red Notices can also be added to foreign law enforcement databases and border lookout systems.