Organized crime group ringleader arrested in Istanbul after manhunt with Interpol red notice

Organized crime group ringleader arrested in Istanbul after manhunt with Interpol red notice
# 27 December 2023 11:28 (UTC +04:00)

Eric Schroeder, the ringleader of an organized crime group, who was wanted with an Interpol red notice issued by Germany, was arrested in Istanbul, the Turkish interior minister said on Wednesday, APA reports citing Anadolu Agency.

"He was wanted by German authorities for managing drug trade in Hamburg, leading an organization to commit crimes, and money laundering from criminal assets. He is accused of engaging in drug trafficking in a total of 24 incidents, involving 784 kilograms (over 1,700 pounds) of marijuana and 154 km (340 Ibs) of cocaine,” Ali Yerlikaya said on X.

Schroeder was arrested in a Turkish operation named Cage-25, the interior minister said, as he pledged that Türkiye will not allow international organized crime groups and drug traffickers disturbing the public peace to breathe, and they will put them all in cages one by one.

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