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26 April 2013 - Media release

One of Italy’s most wanted arrested in Colombia with INTERPOL support

LYON, France – An international fugitive who was the subject of an internationally-wanted INTERPOL Red Notice requested by Italy has been arrested in Colombia after what a senior INTERPOL official described as exemplary international law enforcement cooperation.

Domenico Trimboli, aged 58, is one of Italy’s most wanted men. With alleged links to the Ndrangheta organized criminal organization operating in the area of Natile di Careri in Reggio Calabria, he is allegedly one of the leaders of a criminal syndicate involved in trafficking of huge amount of cocaine and hashish across Italy.

Trimboli’s arrest is the result of a joint operation conducted by INTERPOL’s National Central Bureaus (NCBs) in Bogota and Rome, in close collaboration with its Fugitive Investigative Support (FIS) unit at its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon. It is the outcome of intense joint investigations by the Italian National Police Criminal Investigative Departments (Squadre Mobili) of Alessandria and Reggio Calabria, in coordination with the National Criminal Investigations Service (Servizio Centrale Operativo della Polizia di Stato)  of Italian National Police.

Thanks to surveillance conducted by officials of the Colombian National Police and of the International Investigations Team of NCB Bogota (Grupo Investigaciones Internacionales de Oficina Central Nacional INTERPOL Colombia), and with recent investigative leads provided by the Italian National Police circulated via INTERPOL channels, Trimboli was eventually located and arrested.

“Trimboli’s arrest shows the effectiveness of international cooperation between police worldwide in obtaining credible and actionable information on the identification, location and apprehension of fugitives around the world,” said Filippo Dispenza, Delegate for Europe with INTERPOL’s Executive Committee, and Head of the Italian National Police (Questore) in Alessandria.

“This case has proven to be a model of international police cooperation in combining action by INTERPOL’s National Central Bureaus on the ground and the ability to instantly communicate information on wanted persons by INTERPOL’s Fugitive unit at its Lyon General Secretariat headquarters,” added Mr Dispenza who hailed the operation as a credit to law enforcement authorities in Colombia, Italy and Argentina.

As part of international efforts to locate and arrest Trimboli, an operational meeting attended by senior Colombian, Italian and INTERPOL officials was held during INTERPOL’s recent 9th Annual heads of NCBs Meeting in Lyon.