Operation Infra

Operation Infra is an INTERPOL initiative to locate and arrest serious long-term international fugitives.

Operation INFRA (short for International Fugitive Round-up and Arrest) brings together law enforcement officers from around the world in order to locate and arrest criminals who have fled their national jurisdiction.

Organized by INTERPOL, the operation focuses on serious cases, including fugitives wanted for crimes such as murder, child sexual abuse, people smuggling, fraud, corruption, drug trafficking, environmental crimes and money laundering.

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.


As of June 2016, more than 430 fugitives targeted by Infra operations had been arrested and an additional 290 had been positively located.

2014: Operation Infra-Terra

  • Targets: 139 fugitives wanted internationally for environmental crimes including wildlife trafficking; illegal logging and fishing, and the illegal trade and disposal of hazardous waste
  • Area: Global
  • Participation: 40 INTERPOL member countries and INTERPOL’s Environmental Security unit

2013: Operation Infra-Americas

  • Targets: 266 criminals involved in organized crime, especially in drugs and firearms trafficking
  • Area: Central America and the Caribbean
  • Participation: 50 INTERPOL member countries

2012: Operation Infra-Southeast Asia (SEA)

  • Targets: 58 criminals wanted internationally for sexual abuse and crimes against children
  • Area: Southeast Asia
  • Participation: 21 INTERPOL member countries and INTERPOL’s Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation unit. The operation was also supported by Project Childhood, a joint INTERPOL/UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) initiative to reduce sexual exploitation of children by travelling child sex offenders in Southeast Asia.

2012: Operation Infra-Red

  • Targets: 509 cases selected
  • Area: Global
  • Participation: 59 INTERPOL member countries

2011: Operation Infra-South America (SA)

  • Targets: 209 cases selected
  • Area: South America
  • Participation: 34 INTERPOL member countries

2010: Operation Infra-Red

  • Targets: 447 cases selected
  • Area: Global
  • Participation: 29 INTERPOL member countries

Michael O’Connell, Director of INTERPOL’s Operational Support and Analysis unit