THE National Police have arrested 3 fugitives in Mallorca, Spain, who are wanted for crimes in Germany, Switzerland and Poland.
An investigation was launched after European arrest warrants were issued and evidence suggested that the fugitives were living in Mallorca. Officers from the National Police’s group specialised in tracing international fugitives were then sent to the island to investigate and execute the warrants.
In collaboration with police units in Germany, Switzerland and Poland, as well as the SIRENE office in Spain, the agents focused their efforts on finding the men who were wanted for crimes that included robbery, drug trafficking, bribery, assault and fraud.
One of the 3 wanted men was on Poland’s most wanted list, having an extensive criminal record that dated back to 2001. As a member of a drugs gang in Warsaw, he had previously been arrested for carrying an automatic rifle, later committing highly violent robberies and was known to have paid thousands of euros in bribes to police to avoid being arrested.
In 2012, the man began to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine throughout Poland. When he was sentenced for this crime, he was able to falsify medical records which allowed him to deter his entry into jail. In 2015 the man went off the radar until the beginning of this year, after Polish authorities suspected that he was working at a construction company in Mallorca.
The specialist group of officers placed the man under surveillance and by luck, an accidental fire broke out in the building opposite where he was living, causing the man to go out onto his balcony where he was seen by police. They blocked the exit, but he wouldn’t leave the apartment so the police then obtained a warrant to enter the premises and proceeded to detain him.
The fugitive sought by the Swiss authorities was wanted for drug trafficking where he had been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his crimes, but fled before he was jailed. When he realised that he was being followed by police in his car in Palma de Mallorca, he attempted to drive off with his wife and daughter but was detained after a chase.
Once the arrests of the first 2 fugitives were completed, the final phase of the operation was launched to catch the man sought by the German authorities for fraud and illegal immigration.
To develop a strategy, the National Police met with investigators from the German police, discovering that the fugitive was living in Calviá. The man was then subsequently arrested after leaving his home.
The three men have been detained in prison by a court order, where we at Euro Weekly News believe that they will be extradited shortly.