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04 November 2015

INTERPOL cooperation brings Colombian arrest of Venezuelan Red Notice fugitive

BARRANQUILLA, Colombia – Collaboration between the INTERPOL National Central Bureaus in Caracas and Bogota has enabled police in the Colombian town of Barranquilla to arrest a man wanted by Venezuela for fraud and criminal conspiracy.

Arrested on 3 October 2015, after 12 years on the run, Venezuelan citizen Renny Alejandro Montes Montes is thought to be part of the regional ‘Los Gitanos’ organized crime group which engages in large-scale sales scams and fraudulent financial schemes.

Cooperative investigations carried out by Barranquilla police and Colombian Immigration with the support of Venezuela’s INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Caracas resulted in the location of the suspect in a Barranquilla hotel.

“The arms of justice spread far and wide,” commented Jorge Enrique Rodriguez Peralta, Director of Colombia’s Criminal Investigations and INTERPOL Division. “It is thanks to our international law enforcement partners that, no matter how much time and effort it takes, fugitives are eventually apprehended and made to face justice for their crimes,” he added.

INTERPOL Caracas requested the publication of an INTERPOL Red Notice against Renny Alejandro Montes Montes in 2007 in an attempt to locate the fugitive who had fled Venezuela with more than eight million bolívares (approximately EUR 1.1 million) made through fictitious on-line sales.

Renny Alejandro Montes Montes is in custody pending his forthcoming extradition to Venezuela where, if convicted, he faces a maximum prison sentence of 18 years for fraud and criminal conspiracy.