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08 marzo 2016

INTERPOL Bureaus in Rome and Bogota capture one of Colombia’s most wanted fugitives

One of Colombia’s most wanted drug criminals and the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice has been arrested in Italy following close police cooperation between the INTERPOL National Central Bureaus in Bogota and Rome and with the support of the Organized Crime Investigation branch of Italy’s ‘Guardia di Finanza’.

At the request of INTERPOL Bogota, an INTERPOL Blue Notice was published in 2013 asking police forces worldwide for information which might help locate fugitive Fernsterbein Fernando Ramírez who was wanted for murder, kidnapping, drug crime, arms trafficking and extortion.

When Italian law enforcement services located the fugitive in the North Eastern town of Udine, INTERPOL Bogota requested the publication of an INTERPOL Red Notice seeking his provisional arrest with a view to extradition.

Fernando Ramírez was arrested by Italian ‘Guardia di Finanza’ services in Udine on 20 October 2015 just 24 hours after publication of the INTERPOL Red Notice.

 “We coordinated this police operation with the Colombian national police for more than a year, and we are pleased that strong police cooperation between the Rome and Bogota INTERPOL Bureaus has finally put this dangerous fugitive behind bars,” commented Head of INTERPOL Rome, Gennaro Capoluongo.

“This case once again demonstrates the importance of INTERPOL’s global tools and unique network in locating fugitives no matter how many borders they cross to flee the consequences of their crimes,” added Head of INTERPOL Bogota, Juan Carlos Gomez Arias.

Known as ‘Fexter’, the fugitive had eluded capture for almost three years, working in Udine as a disc jockey. He will be returned to Colombia shortly where, if convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years.