In Italy, a Dutch man was arrested yesterday who had been spotted in Europe in recent weeks for involvement in large-scale trade in hard drugs. An international arrest warrant had been issued against the man after he fled our country.
The Dutchman was arrested in a luxury villa in Desenzano, the largest town on Lake Garda in the north of the country. According to Italian media, he had found shelter here. The arrest happened in the presence of an unknown woman, presumably the suspect’s girlfriend.
When leaving the house, the Dutchman was stopped by detectives of the Italian state police. When asked to hand over his personal details, he tried to evade scrutiny by showing fake foreign documents. The police saw that there was a case of forgery and subsequently filed an additional report.
After his arrest, the Dutchman was taken to the police headquarters in nearby Brescia. Photographs were taken of him there and fingerprints were recorded. He is in custody for further investigation. He is expected to be extradited to the Netherlands in due course.
The investigation into the Dutchman and the arrest was led by the European Network of Fugitive Active Search Teams (Enfast), a network of teams from national police services within the European Union that specializes in tracking down convicted criminals who have fled.
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