Interpol launches hunt for fugitives in Americas

By Dialogo
September 08, 2010

The United States and several other countries have launched a new operation to hunt down and capture international fugitives wanted by Interpol in the Americas, US officials said.

The initiative, called “Operation Far Away,” is “an intelligence-driven operation designed to target, locate and arrest criminal aliens believed to be hiding in the United States and in other Western Hemisphere countries,” US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.

The operation is expected throughout the month.

Interpol will coordinate the operation with participation from Bahamas, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, Peru and the US territory of Puerto Rico.

In 2009, Interpol issued more than 5,000 “red notices” for wanted criminals or suspects.