On March 15, 2006, arrest warrants were issued by the judicial authorities in Albania for several members of a specific Albanian Organized Crime group based in Durres, Albania. Plaurent Dervishaj has allegedly been a leading member of this particular group since 1997, and has been charged by Albanian authorities with foundation of a criminal organization, premeditated murder in complicity, and illegally keeping weapons and munitions. Specifically, Dervishaj is wanted for allegedly murdering a rival gang member and wounding two other members on October 17, 1998, in Albania. He is also wanted for allegedly murdering two other rival gang members and wounding a third on October 29, 1998, in Albania. Dervishaj is also wanted for allegedly murdering the leader of a rival gang with an anti-tank weapon on August 22, 1999, in Albania. He is also believed to have been involved in several other murders carried out in Albania as recently as February of 2005.
Dervishaj avoided arrest in Albania by flying from Vienna, Austria, to New York on March 15, 2006. Arrest warrants were not executed in Albania until March 17, 2006. Albanian law enforcement officials have declared that Dervishaj is currently their most wanted fugitive.
A provisional arrest warrant was issued for Plaurent Dervishaj in the District of New Jersey on April 17, 2006, on the charge of being a fugitive from a foreign country.
Dervishaj has ties to the Borough of Staten Island in New York City; the Ridgewood area of the Borough of Queens in New York City; Edison, New Jersey; Michigan; Canada; and Albania. He speaks both Albanian and English.