#AceNewsReport – Jan.24: Hendry, formerly of Walton, Liverpool, was wanted by Humberside Police: He is alleged to have trafficked heroin and cocaine from Liverpool to Grimsby for onward distribution: Hendry and 11 other fugitives were revealed on Wednesday as the National Crime Agency launched its new most wanted campaign run in conjunction with independent charity Crimestoppers, Spanish law enforcement and UK policing.
#AceDailyNews NCA Report: Joshua Hendry, 30, was arrested in San Pedro de Alcantára, Marbella on Thursday evening by the Spanish National Police’s fugitives unit after an off-duty police officer recognised him from the publicity: He has been taken into custody and will appear in court soon as part of extradition proceedings.
Tom Dowdall, NCA Deputy Director of International, said:
” This is a rapid result and it’s testimony to the power these appeals can have as well as the NCA’s international reach.
“Whether it’s using tip-offs from the public, sharing intelligence or deploying specialist capabilities, UK law enforcement and our Spanish partners are working as one to trace and arrest the other 11 fugitives.
“Those men will know now that we’re after them. They can live their lives anxiously looking over their shoulders and wondering if today’s the day they get caught or they can do the right thing and hand themselves in.”
Chief Inspector Rhodri Troake of Humberside Police said:
” We’d like to thank the National Crime Agency for their assistance in locating and arresting Hendry as a part of an efficient and fast-moving operation.
“Hendry is alleged to have trafficked heroin and crack cocaine from Liverpool to Grimsby for onward distribution within our local communities.
“This type of criminality can cause significant disruption to our local communities and we will continue to do everything we can to continue to bring those responsible to justice.”
Founder and Chair of the charity Crimestoppers, Lord Ashcroft, said:
“Having this fugitive arrested within days of his details being publicised shows the value of our joint campaign with the NCA. Remember, if you know the whereabouts of any of the other Most Wanted individuals who have so far evaded justice, you can tell our charity what you know. We guarantee you’ll stay completely anonymous.”
Anyone with information about any of our Most Wanted can contact the Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, and callers in Spain should call the freephone Spanish number 900 926 111. There is also the online reporting form which can be completed via crimestoppers-uk.org/fugitives.
#AceNewsReport – Jan.17: Police Scotland said he was detained under an international arrest warrant: Authorities in the US have confirmed that Mr Rossi was also known as Nicholas Alahverdian in the state of Rhode Island where he was involved in local politics and was a critic of the state’s child welfare system: Police tracked the fugitive to Scotland where he was on a ventilator at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
#AceDailyNews says according to BBC Scotland News Report: US man who faked death found alive in Glasgow: Nicholas Rossi, 34, was wanted by Interpol and faces a charge of rape in Utah in the United States: He was admitted to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in December with Covid-19 – where he used the alias Arthur Knight:
Mr Rossi told US media in December 2019 that he had late-stage non-Hodgkin lymphoma and had weeks to live. Several outlets reported that he had died in February 2020.
A memorial posted online declared him a “warrior that fought on the front lines for two decades” for children’s rights and said his ashes had been scattered at sea.
Mr Rossi is believed to have been traced to the intensive care unit at the QEUH in Glasgow where he was on a ventilator. Medical staff were unaware he was on Interpol’s red list.
He was arrested at the hospital by Police Scotland on 13 December on behalf of colleagues in Utah.
Legal documents show that Nicholas Rossi used a number of aliases
The Crown Office said he appeared by video link from the hospital in relation to extradition proceedings to the US.
Utah’s county attorney confirmed he was known in the state as Nicholas Rossi. Court records showed that Utah officials were looking for him for an alleged rape.
When he was arrested in Glasgow he was on the run from authorities in several US states.
The online memorial for Nicholas Alahverdian described him as a “warrior”
Investigations by other agencies have recognised him as Nicholas Alahverdian, Nicholas Alahverdian Rossi, Nicholas Edward Rossi, Nicholas Alahverdian-Rossi, Nick Alan, Nicholas Brown, Arthur Brown and Arthur Knight.
The FBI also had a warrant for his arrest on charges of defrauding his foster father by taking out credit cards in his name and running up debts of more than $200,000.
The Utah charges had come from an initiative to review historical sex assault cases where DNA evidence kits had not been tested.
Nicholas Rossi was the suspect in a case in 2008. It had been closed by the lead detective without being referred to the Utah County Attorney’s Office for screening.
In 2018 the DNA review connected him to another sexual assault case in Ohio. Investigators believed Mr Rossi had left the US and had led state legislators in other states to believe he was dead.
The Utah county attorney’s office is now working with federal and international agencies to extradite Mr Rossi back to Utah.
Utah County Attorney Office
Utah County Attorney David Leavitt said inter-agency investigations had led to the arrest
Utah county attorney, David Leavitt, told BBC Scotland: “We will now have to go through the process of proving in a Scottish court that Arthur Knight is Nicholas Rossi. That will be a process that will take some time but it’s one we will willingly go through because our victim in Utah has been suffering now for all these 13 years.
“I have no idea what he was doing in Scotland prior to lying in a hospital bed with Covid.”
He added: “Our office is grateful for the significant inter-agency collaboration of law enforcement to bring this suspect to justice.
“We credit Utah’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative grant funded through the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Justice Assistance as playing a significant role in testing backlogged kits and ultimately identifying the suspect.”
Mr Leavitt is also encouraging other potential victims of a crime by Mr Rossi to come forward.
‘It’s an unbelievable story’
Tim White, reporter for CBS, says: ‘It wasn’t the cops that caught him, it was Covid’
CBS investigative reporter on Rhode Island, Tim White, told BBC Scotland: “Everyone was stunned when news broke that he was alive in Scotland.
“It’s an unbelievable story. People are now coming out of the woodwork, talking about their experiences and reflecting on their interactions with him.
“Investigators are painting a picture of a pathological liar. He has nearly a dozen aliases.
“Police say he has changed his story multiple times, he has changed his identity multiple times. Cops tried to get him. It wasn’t the cops that caught him though. It was Covid.”
Mr White said that in 2020 a woman claiming to be Nicholas Alahverdian’s wife rang several media outlets and said he had died of cancer and urged them to write an obituary.
However, the reporter from his organisation was suspicious as lots of things did not add up and a decision was made not to publish the obituary, despite repeated emails and phone calls from the woman claiming to be his wife.
“We later learned that the state police and FBI were looking into whether he was alive or not,” Mr White said.
He said a memorial mass had been arranged at a Catholic church following Mr Alahverdian’s “death”.
“The priest was putting all the pieces in place and then his phone rang,” Mr White said. “It was a detective from the Rhode Island state police who told him ‘don’t put that mass on, we think he’s alive so this would be a complete fraud of a memorial service’.
“That was a really telling and wild moment. It really was the first time reporters realised that investigators had serious questions about the story of his death.”
Police Scotland confirmed that Mr Rossi was arrested in Glasgow on 13 December in connection with an international arrest warrant.
A spokesman said: “A report was submitted to the procurator fiscal.”
#AceNewsReport – DEC.14: They made their initial court appearance in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 11. They are detained pending their appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia M. Faruqui in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
#AceDailyNews DOJ Court Report: Leaders of the Lorenzana Drug Trafficking Organisation Extradited on International Narcotics Trafficking Charges
Guatemalan nationals Haroldo Geremias Lorenzana-Cordon, aka Chuci, aka Chuchy, and Marta Julia Lorenzana-Cordon, aka Julie, aka Yulie, aka Julia and aka Morena, were extradited from Guatemala to the United States on Dec. 10 to face international drug trafficking charges.
According to allegations contained in court documents, the defendants were leaders of the Lorenzana drug trafficking organization. According to court documents, the Lorenzana drug trafficking organization, a historically patriarchal criminal group comprised primarily of family members, is one of the largest and most influential drug cartels in Guatemala. The organization transports tonnage quantities of cocaine from Colombia into Guatemala, where the cocaine is inventoried and stored on properties owned by the organization throughout Guatemala. Once processed, the organization works with the Sinaloa Cartel, among other organizations, to traffic cocaine into Mexico, through Central America, and eventually, into the United States.
According to court documents, between 1996 and 2019, the organization coordinated the transportation, storage and distribution of multi-ton quantities of cocaine from Colombia to Central America and Mexico, for eventual distribution into the United States. Their siblings, Eliu Elixander Lorenzana-Cordon and Waldemar Lorenzana-Cordon, were convicted on international narcotics trafficking charges in the District of Columbia in March 2019. Their father, Waldemar Lorenzana-Lima Sr., pleaded guilty to international narcotics trafficking charges in the District of Columbia in August 2014. Eliu and Waldemar Lorenzana-Cordon received life sentences. Waldemar Lorenzana-Lima received a 23 year sentence.
In April 2010, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Haroldo, along with his father and two brothers, as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNT) pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for their role in facilitating the narcotics-trafficking activities of the Sinaloa Cartel in Guatemala. OFAC subsequently designated Marta Julia as an SDNT in November 2012.
A grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment against Haroldo on March 10, 2009. In November 2019, Haroldo was arrested by Guatemalan authorities, pursuant to a provisional arrest request by the United States, where he remained detained pending his extradition. A grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment against Marta Julia on July 23, 2020. In April, Marta Julia was arrested by Guatemalan authorities, pursuant to an extradition request by the United States, where she remained detained pending her extradition.
The defendants are charged with conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, knowing and intending that it will be unlawfully imported to the United States. If convicted, they each face mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years in federal prison and a statutory maximum sentence of life imprisonment. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
This case is part of “Operation Slipknot,” which is supported by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The Drug Enforcement Administration’s 959/Bilateral Investigations Unit is investigating with assistance from the DEA Guatemala City Country Office.
Trial Attorneys Imani Hutty and Teresita Mutton of the Criminal Division’s Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section are prosecuting the case. The Office of International Affairs and Office of Enforcement Operations also provided significant assistance.
An indictment is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
#AceNewsReport – Dec.05: Vietnamese national Alex Tran was detained by National Crime Agency officers at a supermarket petrol station just of the A66 in Middlesbrough on 17 June this year.
#AceDailyNews Essex Lorry Deaths Report: Court orders extradition of people smuggling suspect wanted in Belgium: The operation to arrest him was supported by the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU)…..
COURT CASE NOTES:
Belgian prosecutors allege that Tran was a member of a people smuggling network moving migrants through Belgium and France and into the UK in the back of lorries.
A Belgian investigating magistrate issued an arrest warrant in December 2020.
Today (Thursday 2 December) Westminster Magistrates Court approved his extradition. He was remanded in custody, and has seven days to appeal.
The NCA’s Head of Organised Immigration Crime Operations, Martin Grace, said:
” This operation demonstrates our determination to get justice for those who died in October 2019 and track down all of those who played a role in the incident.
“It has been another example of our close co-operation with international partners to tackle organised immigration crime, which remains a priority for the NCA.”
The extradition follows the convictions of seven people in the UK for their roles in the events which led to the Essex deaths, including four men who were found guilty of manslaughter. The seven were given jail terms totalling more than 92 years in January 2021.
Another man wanted by the Belgians in connection with the case, Ngo Sy Tai, was extradited in November, having been arrested by the NCA in Worcestershire in December 2020.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.23: Through joint work with the Crown Prosecution Service, both were extradited to France in February and September 2020: They were convicted in a French court in Lille last week [13 October 2021] where they appeared alongside nineteen other men, who all operated within an organised crime network that helped facilitate migrant crossings from France into the UK, mainly in the back of lorries.
#AceDailyNews Court Report: Two UK residents have been jailed as part of people smuggling ring that saw twenty-one people convicted in France: The men, both Iranian nationals, were arrested by NCA officers two years ago; 38 year-old Hojjat Nickhoo, from Enfield, was held as he tried to leave the country via Heathrow airport in June 2019, while 33-year-old Ayoob Khaleghi was detained following a raid on Nickhoo’s address…..
CASE NOTES: Investigators estimate that the group made over four million pounds in just under a year and were charging migrants £10,000 for an adult, and £9000 for a child: The migrants would be transferred to sites in the North of France, Belgium and the Netherlands, before being transported across the Channel to their destination in the UK: Nickhoo, one of the ringleaders in the group, received a seven year sentence last week – the longest custodial term of all those convicted: Collectively, all of the defendants in court were sentenced to a total of 81 and a half years in prison: Khaleghi received a sentence of two and a half years.
NCA Deputy Director Andrea Wilson, said: “The NCA worked closely with French authorities to track these men down and ensure they went before the court in France: Tragically, we have seen that smuggling people in the back of vehicles and other methods can have lethal consequences: We continue our work to tackle the people smugglers who seek to exploit UK borders and treat migrants as a commodity to be profited from, with no regard for their safety.”
Joanne Jakymec, Chief Crown Prosecutor and Head of the CPS International Justice and Organised Crime Division, said: “The Crown Prosecution Service worked closely with the NCA to support this effective prosecution in France, by securing the extradition of the two UK-based defendants and the transfer of evidence to France.”……………The NCA investigates the highest harm criminal networks, and currently has around 50 ongoing investigations into networks or individuals in the top tier of organised immigration crime or human trafficking.
Court orders extradition of people smuggling suspect wanted in connection with Essex lorry deaths: ‘The man, known as Ngo Sy Tai, is wanted by Belgian prosecutors who allege he was a member of a criminal network involved in large scale organised people smuggling’
Tai was tracked down by NCA officers to an address in the Redditch area of Worcestershire, where he was apprehended on the evening Tuesday 15 December on a European Arrest Warrant.
He is suspected of having been involved in transporting at least ten of the 39 found dead in Essex in October 2019, moving them from a safe house in Anderlecht in taxis to a location near the French/Belgian border before they were put onto the lorry.
After hearing the migrants had died, it is alleged Tai fled Belgium and initially went to Germany before moving to the UK.
Today (8 April) Westminster Magistrates Court approved his extradition to Belgium to face trial. He has seven days to appeal.
The NCA’s Head of Organised Immigration Crime Operations, Miles Bonfield, said: “ We are working closely with partners in the UK, Europe and beyond to disrupt and dismantle organise criminal networks involved in people smuggling: “ The arrest of Tai demonstrates that in action, and demonstrates our continued determination to get justice for the families of those who so tragically died in October 2019: “ People smuggling is a horrendous trade where those involved treat migrants as a commodity to be profited from and do not care about their safety or wellbeing. There can be no greater example of that than this case.”
#AceNewsReport – Post Update:GENEVA:June.10: One of the seven #FIFA officials arrested in May on US corruption charges in Zurich appealed to the Federal Criminal Court of Switzerland against the warrant on his extradition issued by the country’s Federal Office of Justice (FOJ), the Office said Wednesday.
“The Federal Criminal Court will rule on whether or not he will have to remain in custody for the entire length of the extradition proceeding,” FOJ said in a statement published on its official website.
Both the official and the Federal Office of Justice may appeal the decision of the Federal Criminal Court in the Federal Supreme Court in Lausanne, the statement added.
The name of the person who lodged the appeal has not been disclosed.
#AceWorldNews says “United Nations” independent “Human Rights” experts today urged the “Spanish Government” to reconsider its decision to extradite Alexsandr Pavlov, who oversaw security for a Kazakh businessman and prominent opposition leader, on grounds that he may be tortured or receive an unfair trial if extradited.
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
“All countries must ensure that extradition does not put an individual at risk of persecution, torture, inhuman or degrading treatment,” the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez, said. “Spain must adopt all necessary measures to safeguard Mr. Pavlov’s rights and physical integrity.”
In the same news release from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, stressed that the human rights of foreigners are no less important than the rights of citizens in any country, “The question we should ask ourselves is: would we as confidently send a citizen to the same fate?”
Mr. Pavlov, who formerly worked for opposition figure Mukhtar Ablyazov, was detained by Spanish authorities in 2012 on an Interpol warrant requested by Kazakhstan, which accuses him of financial and terrorism-related crimes.
On 18 November 2013, Spain’s high court, the Audiencia Nacional, approved Mr. Pavlov’s extradition, but the decision now rests with the Council of Ministers.
The two UN experts have called on the Council to consider Mr. Pavlov’s appeal based on the substantial fears that he might be tortured or unfairly tried.
Since July 2013, the two human rights experts, together with the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, have engaged with the Spanish Government concerning Mr. Pavlov’s case.