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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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INTERNATIONAL BURGLARY GANG BUSTED AND OVER 100 CRIMES IN FOUR EU COUNTRIES SOLVED

After almost 18 months of investigation, the Central Investigation Group on Housebreaking Theft, of the Osnabrück Police in northern Germany, in close cooperation with the Osnabrück Public Prosecutor’s Office and the coordination of Europol, succeeded in a significant blow to an international operating burglary gang which committed more than 100 crimes in Belgium, Denmark, Germany, […]

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ONE OF THE BIGGEST AND THE MOST MODERN COUNTERFEITING PRINT SHOPS IN EUROPE DISMANTLED

In an operation supported by Europol, the Bulgarian authorities with the collaboration of the U.S. Secret Service have seized EUR 11 million and USD 1.7 million in counterfeit 50, 100 and 500 euro banknotes, as well as 100 and 50 counterfeit US dollars. The fake banknotes were found in an illegal print shop concealed in […]

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AN OFFER HE COULDN’T REFUSE – MEMBER OF ITALIAN COSA NOSTRA ARRESTED IN GERMANY

On 7 May, following a joint investigation under the umbrella of Europol, and coordinated by the Italian State Police (Central Operations Service, Police HQ Catania and Adrano), with the collaboration of the German Law Enforcement Authorities, Polizei Darmstadt, one of the most important fugitives in Italy and member of the Italian Crime Syndicate COSA NOSTRA, […]

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EU-WIDE OPERATIONS IDENTIFY POTENTIAL VICTIMS AND SUSPECTS OF CHILD TRAFFICKING AND MIGRANT SMUGGLING

During an EU wide law enforcement operation against child trafficking from 9 to 13 October 2017, at least 34 minors and 1072 adults were found in vulnerable or potentially exploitative situations. 16 suspects of trafficking in human beings were arrested and several links to migrant smuggling, document forgery and drugs trafficking were identified. A simultaneous […]

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Violent crime in U.S. rose in 2016 vs. 2015

The estimated number of violent crimes in the nation increased for the second straight year, rising 4.1 percent in 2016 when compared with 2015 data, according to FBI figures released today. Property crimes dropped 1.3 percent, marking the 14th consecutive year the collective estimates for these offenses declined. The 2016 statistics show the estimated rate […]

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Hong Kong Customs makes record seizure of ivory tusks

Hong Kong Customs seized about 7 200 kilograms of ivory tusks with an estimated market value of about $72 million on July 4 in a container from Malaysia at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound. This is a record high in quantity for a seizure of ivory tusks over the past 30 years. Through risk […]

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14 arrests in takedown of massive child sexual abuse platform

In the past five weeks, the German Federal Prosecutor’s Office (Generalstaatsanwaltschaft Frankfurt am Main – Zentralstelle zur Bekämpfung der Internetkriminalität) and Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt) have arrested a number of individuals suspected of the serious sexual abuse of children and the distribution of large amounts of child abuse material online. The German authorities have also taken down the […]

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76 arrested during second international action on e-Commerce fraud

The eCommerce Action 2017, a joint law enforcement operation which took place in 26 countries from 6 to 16 June 2017, resulted in the arrest of 76 professional fraudsters and members of internet based criminal networks suspected of online fraud activities. The suspects were responsible for more than 20 000 fraudulent transactions with compromised credit […]

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WORLDWIDE OPERATION DRAGON SEES 52 COUNTRIES TEAMING UP TO THWART ORGANISED CRIME

Following the successful 2014 Archimedes, 2015 Blue Amber and 2016 Ciconia Alba operations, EU Member States, EU bodies1 and third partners2 have once again joined forces with Europol in this year’s Operation Dragon to counter organised crime networks involved in the priority crime areas3. Operation Dragon is the fourth series of joint action days (JADs) covered by the 2014 – 2017 EU Policy […]

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Euro banknote counterfeiting declines in first half of 2016

331,000 counterfeit euro banknotes were withdrawn from circulation in the first half of 2016 Around 80% of the counterfeits were €20 and €50 banknotes All euro banknotes can be verified using the “feel, look and tilt” method Euro banknotes continue to be a trusted and safe means of payment Some 331,000 counterfeit euro banknotes were […]

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UK: ‘Sharp rise’ in reported hate crime – National Police Chiefs’ Council

Following increases in the reporting of hate crime to the True Vision website, the National Police Chiefs’ Council requested weekly returns on the hate crime numbers. These returns show 3076 hate crimes and incidents were reported to police forces across the UK between June 16 – 30 2016. This is an increase of 915 reports […]

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INVESTIGATORS TO FIND OUT MOTIVE OF KILLING 4-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN MOSCOW

In connection with reports of some mass media, which are trying to make a big stir from the words of the suspect of killing a 4-year-old girl in Moscow, I have to explain the following. As a rule a motive of a person long ago diagnosed with schizophrenia does not match the explanation they give […]

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International response to child abductions focus of INTERPOL meeting

LYON, France – Enhancing awareness of mechanisms to better address international child abductions was the focus of a meeting at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters. Bringing together some 150 participants from 20 countries, the symposium was attended by representatives from government, law enforcement, the legal and judicial sectors, and the European Union, as well as national […]

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