INTERPOL-coordinated operation tackles organized crime in Asia-Pacific

SEOUL, Korea (Rep. of) – More than 60 fugitives wanted for crimes ranging from financial crime to online gambling and drug trafficking have been arrested across Asia in an operation coordinated by INTERPOL .

INTERPOL launched Operation Tighten the Net between September and October in partnership with Korea’s national police agency. Operation Tighten the Net 2022 involved 13 countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam as well as China (Hong Kong), Japan and Korea. Simultaneous action in participating countries led to the collection of new criminal intelligence to support the ongoing investigation.

As a result of the operation and intelligence sharing, 80 Red Notices and 15 Blue Notices were issued. INTERPOL Blue Notices are used by member countries to collect additional information about an individual’s identity, location or activities in relation to a crime.

In one case, 3 Korean suspects were arrested in the Philippines for defrauding more than 500 victims out of 7.5 million euros.

The INTERPOL NCB Coordination Office (ASP) and NCB Seoul hosted a meeting in November to share the results of the operation and plan future actions in the region. Other key partners included the Swedish police and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Deal wrap-up meeting Tighten the net.

“This remarkable achievement was only possible thanks to our solidarity and close cooperation among law enforcement agencies,” said Mr. LEE Hyeong Se, Director of NCB Seoul.

LEE Hyeong Se, director of NCB Seoul, addresses the conclusion meeting of Operation Tighten the Net.

Launched in 2019, Operation Tighten the Net aims to bring the most wanted fugitives in the Asia-Pacific region to justice. At the heart of this operation is INTERPOL’s support to law enforcement agencies across the region. Such support improves investigative capabilities and helps increase access to criminal databases.

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