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23 May 2018

INTERPOL Red Notice lands extradition to Russia of drug trafficking ringleader

MOSCOW, Russia – A fugitive wanted for serious global drug trafficking offences has been arrested and extradited to Moscow further to cooperation between Russia and Belgium via INTERPOL.

Guido Guillermo Wolters was allegedly the second in charge of one of the world's largest drug cartels thought to smuggle cocaine from Latin America to Europe, often using Russia as a transshipment point.

The 58-year-old Dutch national was the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice, or internationally wanted person alert, issued at the request of Russia in 2013 for serious drug trafficking and organized crime offences.

With NCB Moscow alerting NCB Brussels that the fugitive was possibly hiding in Belgium where he had family, Belgium’s Fugitive Active Search Team located Guillermo Wolters barely a year later.

In tight cooperation with the Russian NCB, INTERPOL Brussels then arranged for his extradition to Moscow in April 2018.

Wolters awaits trial in the Russian capital where, if convicted, he faces a 20-year prison sentence for organized crime association and drug trafficking.

An INTERPOL’s Red Notice invites 192 member countries to help a country locate fugitives and facilitate their arrest with a view to extradition. Circulated to 192 INTERPOL member countries, the Red Notice represents one of INTERPOL’s most powerful tools in tracking international fugitives.

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