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13 CAR THIEVES WITH EXPENSIVE TASTE ARRESTED BY THE FRENCH GENDARMERIE

After almost two years of a complex and lengthy investigation, the French Gendarmerie, supported by Europol, swooped on a criminal network behind the trafficking of high-value vehicles, estimated of having generated €4 million in criminal revenue. On the early morning of 14 January, 130 gendarmes carried out 13 house searches in Nimes (France), which resulted […]

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Fraud on the tennis court: criminal network gained millions fixing professional matches

The Spanish Civil Guard (Guardia Civil) arrested 83 individuals. Officers detected 28 professional tennis players involved in this case. One of them took part in the last US Open. An organised crime group involved in manipulating professional tennis competitions was dismantled in an operation led by the Spanish Civil Guard and coordinated by the National […]

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From Vietnam to Spain: an illegal journey costing EUR 18 000

The Spanish Policía Nacional, with Europol’s active support, arrested 37 members of an international gang charging 730 Vietnamese migrants EUR 18 000 each to be smuggled to Spain. The irregular migrants were smuggled from Vietnam via South America and finally into the EU in groups of 6 to 12 individuals. Each group was led by […]

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Masterminds behind German rooftop burglaries halted in Moldova

Criminal group caused EUR 20 million+ of damages in sophisticated heists Two suspects of more than 20 high-profile burglaries in Germany were arrested on 5 December 2018 in Moldova. The arrests are the result of a successful international criminal investigation by the German and Moldovan authorities, supported by Europol. The burglars made their way into […]

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Over 1500 money mules identified in worldwide money laundering sting

168 arrested, 1504 money mules and 140 money mule organisers identified, as a result of the fourth European Money Mule Action ‘EMMA 4’, a global law enforcement action week tackling the issue of money muling. The action took place over the course of three months (September-November 2018). 30 States took part in EMMA 4, alongside […]

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Europol signs Working Arrangement with the National Police Agency of Japan

The Commissioner General of the National Police Agency of Japan (NPA), Shunichi Kuryu, and Europol’s Executive Director, Catherine De Bolle, today signed a Working Arrangement to initiate cooperation between Europol and Japan to combat international cross-border crime. The Working Arrangement will allow both parties to enhance future cooperative relations in the fight against terrorism, drugs, […]

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Europol helps detain dangerous Belgian fugitive in Spain

Wanted by the Belgian authorities, the fugitive is suspected of carrying out more than 20 robberies with extreme violence, as well as other crimes such as drug trafficking and the illegal trade of firearms. He laundered the illicit proceeds from his crimes in Belgium via a restaurant in Spain. Arrested following a European Arrest Warrant. […]

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241 VICTIMS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE SAFEGUARDED THANKS TO GLOBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS

For two weeks, from 15 to 26 October 2018 at its headquarters, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre hosted the fifth Victim Identification Taskforce, whose aim is to identify victims and suspects of child sexual exploitation and abuse. 27 law enforcement experts from 21 countries and INTERPOL joined Europol staff to go through millions of images and […]

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ONLINE SCAMMERS CAPTURED AFTER CAUSING EUR 18 MILLION OF DAMAGE IN MORE THAN 35 000 CASES

Huge operation by the German Prosecutor’s Office of Dresden, the Saxon State Office of Criminal Investigation the Lithuanian Police and the Lithuanian Prosecutor’s Office On the action days 15 people were detained and 31 house searches carried out in nine European countries Europol and Eurojust supported the cross-border operation After six years of preparation and […]

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BIG HIT AGAINST TAX EVADING CHINESE CRIMINAL GROUP OPERATING IN SPAIN

The Spanish Guardia Civil, in collaboration with the Spanish Tax Agency and supported by Europol, has dismantled a Chinese criminal organisation that fraudulently imported goods into the European Union (EU) from China. The Europol-supported operation represents the biggest success for financial investigators so far this year, with EUR 8 million in cash seized by law […]

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MORE THAN 100 CHILDREN SMUGGLED FROM MOROCCO TO SPAIN: POLICE HIT TWO ORGANISED CRIME GROUPS

The criminal gangs operated across Spain and Morocco and were involved in smuggling unaccompanied minors – mainly Moroccan nationals – into Spain and providing them with accommodation and documents. With the support of Europol, the Spanish National Police has dismantled two organised crime groups dedicated to facilitating the illegal entry of unaccompanied minors from Morocco […]

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CROSS-BORDER COOPERATION IN ACTION: POLICE RAID INTERNATIONAL DRUG TRAFFICKING RING

Huge operation sees members of synthetic drug gang arrested and drug production laboratories shut down The Polish Police Central Bureau of Investigation, with the help of Dutch and German police, has identified and shut down a major supplier of chemicals intended to be made into synthetic drugs in  the Netherlands. The cross-border operation saw law […]

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300 MIGRANTS SMUGGLED A MONTH: SLOVENIA AND KOSOVO* APPREHEND MAJOR ORGANISED CRIME GROUP IN THE BALKANS

Law enforcement authorities worked together on 21 March to arrest 12 migrant smugglers operating in the Balkans. Slovenia, Kosovo, the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) and Europol arrested the individuals as part of a cross-border operation to dismantle an organised crime group based in the area. Law enforcement authorities worked together […]

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Prolific cybercriminal suspected of spreading ransomware arrested by Polish Police

This week, the Polish Police, in close cooperation with the Belgian Federal Police and Europol, has arrested a Polish national, known online as “Armaged0n”, who is suspected of having encrypted several thousands of computers and having committed a series of online attacks on various Polish companies between 2013 and 2018. The detainee will have to […]

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More than 900 instances of online terrorist propaganda uncovered

On 14 and 15 March 2018 Europol’s European Union Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU) took part in two Referral Action Days with colleagues from the national referral units of Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Slovenia and the United Kingdom, targeting terrorist content located on WordPress.com, a blogging service, and VideoPress, a video-hosting service for WordPress sites. […]

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100KG OF COCAINE AND 150KG OF MARIJUANA SEIZED IN MAJOR INTERNATIONAL OPERATION DISMANTLING BALKAN CARTEL

An organised crime group was dismantled and 9 suspects arrested on 8 March in a major operation in Europe and South America. Operation NANA was led by the Croatian Police and the Rijeka State Prosecutor’s Office and jointly conducted by Colombia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Panama, Slovenia, Spain, the Drug Enforcement Administration of the United […]

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12 ARRESTED AND 4 WOMEN SAFEGUARDED IN SPAIN AND THE UK IN OPERATION AGAINST SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF WOMEN

The members of the human trafficking ring recruited the victims in Nigeria using voodoo threats The Spanish National Police, supported by Europol, the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) from Nigeria, have safeguarded four Nigerian women who were forced into prostitution in different Spanish locations. […]

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OVER 41 000 ARTEFACTS SEIZED IN GLOBAL OPERATION TARGETING THE ILLICIT TRAFFICKING OF CULTURAL GOODS

Over 41 000 cultural goods such as coins, paintings and drawings, furniture and musical instruments, porcelain, archaeological and paleontological objects, books and manuscripts and sculptures were seized all over the world as a result of coordinated law enforcement actions. These seizures were made during the first Global Global Customs-Police Operation, codenamed ATHENA and organised by […]

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COUNTERFEIT EURO PRINT SHOP DISMANTLED IN PORTUGAL WITH SUPPORT OF EUROPOL

On 15 February, the Portuguese Judiciary Police, in cooperation with the Spanish National Police and Europol, detained two men and one woman, aged between 21 and 55 years, suspected of producing counterfeit euro currency. In the course of the investigation, which started about six months ago, it was found that this group was responsible for […]

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11 ARRESTS AND 16 VICTIMS SAFEGUARDED IN OPERATION AGAINST SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF WOMEN

The victims were Nigerian women who were tricked into working as prostitutes by using voodoo threats to control them The Spanish National Police, supported by Europol, have safeguarded 16 Nigerian women who were forced into prostitution in Zaragoza (Spain), and have arrested 11 members of a criminal network. The organised group operated from Europe, mainly in […]

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