BUENOS AIRES – A “dangerous drug trafficker of Spanish origin” wanted in Italy and Brazil was arrested in Buenos Aires, Argentine police said Wednesday.
Jose Ramon Alvarez Alvarez, who was the subject of an Interpol notice, was arrested by Metropolitan Police organized crime unit officers following an investigation opened in response to a complaint filed by the mother of a young woman who died from an ecstasy overdose in Argentina.
The 59-year-old Alvarez was the subject of an Interpol search for more than a year, officials said.
Alvarez is wanted in Italy and Brazil for allegedly smuggling drugs from South America into Italy, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
Investigators searched phone records, identified Alvarez’s possible residence in a building in the Palermo district and set up surveillance.
Officers arrested Alvarez on a warrant and turned him over to Federal Judge Sebastian Casanello, who will rule on whether to extradite the suspect.