American fugitive in Guangzhou swiftly handed over to US authorities

Ferguson Naquan robbed a jewellery store in 2011 and escaped from custody in 2014, fleeing to China.
Xinhua

American fugitive Ferguson Naquan is handed over to the US Department of Justice at Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, Friday morning. 

Chinese police handed an American fugitive over to US authorities Friday morning at Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, the Ministry of Public Security said.

Ferguson Naquan was handed over to the US Department of Justice and will be taken back there, the ministry said, hailing it as another milestone in law enforcement cooperation between the two countries.

Naquan robbed a jewellery store with others in Connecticut in September 2011 and was arrested in June 2013. He reached a deal with prosecutors and pled guilty to first degree criminal possession of a weapon, first degree robbery and first degree theft, agreeing to a jail term of eight and a half years.

Naquan escaped in October 2014, and Interpol released a red notice for his arrest in May 2015.

The US requested the Chinese side help arrest him after he fled to Guangzhou in February this year.

The two countries have been working closely in law enforcement recently, an unnamed official with the Ministry of Public Security said. China’s swift hand-over of the criminal to the US within just six months helped show that China has zero tolerance toward trans-national crime.

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