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HUMAN SMUGGLING NETWORK BUSTED: EUROPOL SUPPORTS ACTION DAYS IN CROATIA, SLOVENIA AND BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Coordinated action days held between July and October have resulted in the arrest of 10 members of an organised crime group and identification of at least 150 irregular migrants who were smuggled by the criminals. THE WESTERN-BALKAN MIGRATION ROUTE: THE HOTTEST IN EUROPE At least half of the migrant smuggling cases reported to Europol are […]

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BURGLARS WHO TARGETED LA LIGA FOOTBALLERS’ HOMES ARRESTED IN MADRID

In the framework of Operation OP HABITAT RINIA, the Spanish Civil Guard (Guardia Civil), in close cooperation with the Albanian Police and Europol, arrested 5 individuals for their alleged involvement in a spate of burglaries targeting the homes of high-profile football players in Spain. The group, which consists of 4 Albanian nationals and one Spaniard, […]

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OPERATION SECTIO – INTERNATIONAL HIT AGAINST BELARUSIAN ORGANISED CRIME GROUP INVOLVED IN INTERNATIONAL CARGO THEFTS.

The German Police Department Heidekreis, in cooperation with the French Gendarmerie and Czech authorities, the German State Criminal Police Office of Saxony-Anhalt, EMPACT OPC, and Europol dismantled a Belarusian organised crime group involved in international cargo thefts.  The group was targeting trucks on motorway rest areas and parking lots to steal the cargo. The group […]

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476 POTENTIAL VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING IDENTIFIED DURING THE LARGE-SCALE JOINT ACTION DAYS 2019

162 arrests and 111 new investigations in coordinated joint actions against human trafficking Between 16-25 September, Europol coordinated the EMPACT Large-Scale Joint Action Days (LS-JAD) 2019. The actions targeted synthetic drugs and new psychoactive substances and, human trafficking, migrant smuggling, document fraud and environmental crime and involved law enforcement authorities from EU Member States, third-party […]

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South Korean National and Hundreds of Others Charged Worldwide in the Takedown of the Largest Darknet Child Pornography Website, Which was Funded by Bitcoin

Dozens of Minor Victims Who Were Being Actively Abused by the Users of the Site Rescued Jong Woo Son, 23, a South Korean national, was indicted by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia for his operation of Welcome To Video, the largest child sexual exploitation market by volume of content.  The nine-count […]

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439 stolen cars seized in 12 days as part of Frontex-led operation

439 stolen cars, 11.9 million illegal cigarettes and 20 tonnes of raw tobacco were recovered in a 12-day operation led by Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, in late September and early October. The operation, known as Joint Action Day (JAD) Mobile 2, targeted serious and organised cross-border crime across Europe. It focused […]

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Manchester Arndale stabbings: Five hurt as man arrested

Statement from Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson following the incident today in the Manchester Arndale Centre. At 11.15am this morning (Friday 11 October 2019), a man entered the Arndale Shopping Centre in Manchester City Centre. He was armed with a large knife and as he entered Exchange Court, he began lunging and attacking people with […]

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BOAT RAIDED FROM BRAZIL TO EUROPE HIDING OVER HALF A TONNE OF COCAINE AND NARCOTIC SUBSTANCES

Operation 26Kearney, led by the Spanish authorities, National Police (Policía Nacional), Civil Guard (Guardia Civil), and the Spanish Tax Agency (Agencia Tributaria) has seen the arrest of five individuals and the seizure of 500kg of cocaine transported in hidden cabins on a boat in the Azores, Portugal. The operation was coordinated by Europol’s Drugs Unit, […]

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66 SUSPECTED OF ARRANGING ILLEGAL ADOPTIONS AND SURROGACIES, AND HUMAN EGG TRAFFICKING IN GREECE

On 23 September 2019, Greek law enforcement authorities, supported by Europol, dismantled an organised crime group involved in the trafficking of human beings (selling ova), illegal adoption and money laundering. €25 000 TO €28 000 PER ILLEGAL ADOPTION Active since 2016, the criminal network recruited vulnerable pregnant women from Bulgaria. The group transported them to […]

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Probe launched into act of international terrorism upon destruction of bridge supports on the way of EMERCOM convoy in Luhansk

The Main Investigations Department of the Investigative Committee of Russia has launched a criminal investigation under Part 1 of Article 361 of the Criminal Code of Russia (committing outside the Russian Territory an arson or other actions dangerous for life, health, freedom, or integrity of citizens of the Russian Federation, aimed to breach the peaceful […]

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BAD HARVEST FOR BULGARIAN-FRENCH NETWORK EXPLOITING VINEYARD WORKERS

More than 160 among the potential victims On 17 September 2019, Bulgarian and French law enforcement authorities, supported by Europol, dismantled an organised crime group involved in trafficking human beings for labour exploitation and money laundering. More than 80 investigators from Bulgaria and France were involved in the action day.  The criminal group recruited workers […]

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11 ARRESTED IN CHILD ABUSE NETWORK CRACKDOWN IN GEORGIA

Law enforcement and judicial authorities from Australia, Georgia and the USA, supported by Europol, dismantled an organised criminal network involved in the production and distribution of child sexual exploitation material. Over the course of the past month, the Georgian Police arrested 11 alleged members of the group including the owners and employees of the photographic […]

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EUROPE’S SECOND-LARGEST COUNTERFEIT CURRENCY NETWORK ON THE DARK WEB TAKEN DOWN IN PORTUGAL

The Portuguese Judicial Police (Polícia Judiciária) dismantled Europe’s second-largest counterfeit currency network on the dark web with Europol’s support. Five individuals have been arrested and are accused of counterfeiting and organised crime. Counterfeit banknotes were seized across Europe, notably in France, Germany, Spain and Portugal, worth over € 1.3 million. Following the investigation, eight domestic […]

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OPERATIONAL CENTRE AT EUROPOL: 30 COUNTRIES TEAM UP TO COMBAT CRIME IN THE WESTERN BALKANS

The Joint Action Day (JAD) Western Balkans 2019 is an international operation, involving 6 758 law enforcement officers: 6 708 officers on the ground and 50 officers in the Operational Centre at Europol’s headquarters. Law enforcement officers from 30 countries, as well as 8 agencies and international organisations teamed up to tackle the 4 EMPACT (European Multidisciplinary […]

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Italian operation arrests ten members of an organised crime group

An international operation successfully dismantled an organised crime group, suspect of money laundering and illegally trading gold. Italy’s Guardia di Finanza (Bologna) led the operation. The Guardia di Finanza handles all areas of financial crime. Europol supported the case with codename Pietra Filosofale. House searches were carried out on 12 December in the Italian regions […]

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International cooperation disrupts illegal fireworks network

80 tons of F4 explosives seized and 4 webshops blocked Illegal fireworks are a huge Europe-wide problem. Their unregulated distribution causes considerable safety risks to those shipping and buying them due to their substantial explosive character, as well as millions of euro in tax losses for some economies. A remarkably high level of cooperation and […]

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MARINE POLLUTION CRIME: FIRST GLOBAL MULTI-AGENCY OPERATION

An international law enforcement operation against maritime pollution has revealed hundreds of violations and exposed serious cases of contamination worldwide. Codenamed 30 Days at Sea, the month-long (1 to 31 October) operation saw some 276 law enforcement and environmental agencies across 58 countries detect over 500 offences, including illegal discharges of oil and garbage from […]

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OPERATION SAFAR: 9 MEMBERS OF A CRIMINAL NETWORK IN FRANCE AND SPAIN ARRESTED

9 members of a network (5 in Spain and 4 in France) have been arrested in a joint operation, which was carried out by Spain and France on 24 October. The investigation revealed that more than 500 migrants were smuggled by plane from Palestine1  to Northern Europe through Spain and France. The network followed a […]

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SPANISH AND BULGARIAN POLICE RECOVER MORE THAN 30 000 STOLEN AND FORGED ARCHAEOLOGICAL GOODS

More than 30 000 artefacts, including Greek and Roman ceramics, helmets, funeral urns, lamps, arrowheads and spears – thought to be either genuine or forged – have been seized as a result of the latest operation targeting trafficking of cultural goods in Europe. The seizures were made as part of Operation SARDICA run by the […]

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TWO EURO COUNTERFEIT RINGS IN FRANCE AND ITALY CAUSE MILLIONS IN DAMAGE CIRCULATING FAKE BANKNOTES ACROSS EUROPE

The French Judicial Police (DCPJ) and the Italian Carabinieri Corps, with support from Europol and Eurojust, arrested 23 individuals and dismantled 2 criminal networks suspected of producing and distributing counterfeit banknotes in France and Italy. The networks produced various denominations: 20 and 50 euro counterfeit banknotes and distributed EUR 45 000 in 100 euro counterfeit banknotes […]

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