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EIGHT ARRESTS IN HIT AGAINST A CRIMINAL NETWORK INVOLVED IN MIGRANT SMUGGLING AND DOCUMENT FRAUD

Operation YEHYA was carried out by the Aliens Division of Attica, Greece with the support of Europol’s European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC). Eight persons were arrested, of which seven were members of the organised crime group. Travel documents, computers and money were confiscated. The participating countries worked together in the framework of the EMPACT project targeting Facilitation […]

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Millions of medicines seized in largest operation against the trafficking of misused medicines

In the largest action of its kind, Operation MISMED targeting the illicit trafficking of misused medicines saw some 100 arrests in and the seizure of more than EUR 230 million worth of medicines and doping substances in the EU. In a series of coordinated actions carried out throughout 2017, the French Central Office against Environmental […]

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Big hit against sexual exploitation: criminal group dismantled in Spain and Romania

Spanish National Police and the Romanian Police have joined forces, supported by Europol and Eurojust, to dismantle an organised crime group involved in trafficking women for sexual exploitation in different EU Member States. In total, 11 individuals were arrested and 13 victims were safeguarded. The investigation began in November 2015. The members of the criminal […]

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ILLEGAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES: 29 ARRESTS AND OVER 2,000 ANIMALS SEIZED IN INTERNATIONAL OPERATION SUKAZU

The Spanish Guardia Civil, with the support of Europol and in close cooperation with Mexico, has carried out Operation SUZAKU, resulting in 29 arrests in Spain and in other countries. All of the arrestees have been charged with crimes of smuggling, wildlife crime and animal abuses, as well as being part of a criminal infrastructure. […]

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FIVE ARRESTED FOR SPREADING RANSOMWARE THROUGHOUT EUROPE AND US

During the last week, Romanian authorities have arrested three individuals who are suspected of infecting computer systems by spreading the CTB-Locker (Curve-Tor-Bitcoin Locker) malware – a form of file-encrypting ransomware. Two other suspects from the same criminal group were arrested in Bucharest in a parallel ransomware investigation linked to the US. During this law enforcement […]

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11 ARRESTS AND 9 VICTIMS SAFEGUARDED IN OPERATION AGAINST SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF WOMEN

Spanish Guardia Civil and the Romanian Police have joined forces, supported by Europol and Eurojust, to dismantle an organised group involved in trafficking women for sexual exploitation in Madrid. The investigation began last September when the Spanish Guardia Civil received a report from a Romanian woman. She had been recruited months ago in her country […]

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Romania’s most wanted fugitive arrested in Buenos Aires

One of Romania’s most wanted fugitives, A.M., who also featured on the EU Most Wanted website ,was arrested yesterday in Argentina. After a complex investigation, the fugitive, who was sentenced to 8 years in prison for tax evasion, was located in Buenos Aires where he was living a luxurious lifestyle. FAST Romania (IGPR) worked closely together with […]

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159 ARRESTS AND 766 MONEY MULES IDENTIFIED IN GLOBAL ACTION WEEK AGAINST MONEY MULING

159 arrested, 409 suspects interviewed by law enforcement, 766 money mules and 59 money mule organisers identified as a result of the European Money Mule Action ‘EMMA3’, a global law enforcement action week against money muling (20 to 24 November) Money mules are individuals recruited by criminal organisations as money laundering intermediaries to receive and […]

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BIGGEST HIT AGAINST ONLINE PIRACY: OVER 20 520 INTERNET DOMAIN NAMES SEIZED FOR SELLING COUNTERFEITS

Joint investigations by Europol’s Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition (IPC³), the US National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Centre  and law enforcement authorities from 27 EU Member States and third parties , facilitated by INTERPOL, have seized over 20 520 domain names that were offering counterfeit goods, for example luxury products, sportswear, electronics, pharmaceuticals and online piracy on […]

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International drug trafficking and money laundering network dismantled

In total, 40 suspects were arrested in Spain, Morocco and Germany, and more than EUR 13 million in cash, almost 4 tonnes of cocaine, 18 luxury vehicles and 3 boats were seized. The cocaine seized is worth more than EUR 103 million in the Spanish market. Part of the cocaine seized in Spain was destined […]

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FRANCE, GERMANY AND AUSTRIA DISMANTLE INTERNATIONAL FIREARMS TRAFFICKING GROUP WITH THE SUPPORT OF EUROPOL

On 9-10 November 2017, 11 individuals suspected of firearms trafficking were arrested simultaneously by law enforcement authorities in France, Germany and Austria. The main provider, alongside two buyers, was arrested by the Austrian authorities. Around 50 weapons, numerous ammunition and more than EUR 115 000 were also seized as part of this operation. The pan-European […]

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Operation Taurus – Greece and Europol dismantle an organized crime group

The Organized Crime Unit of the Hellenic Police, with the support of Europol, dismantled an organised criminal group engaged in migrant smuggling and document forgery. The organised crime group smuggled illegal migrants by air from Greece to the United Kingdom, using falsified documents. 20 persons have been arrested in Greece. The planning of the operation […]

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MIGRANT SMUGGLING RING DISMANTLED BY FINLAND, THE UNITED STATES AND ICELAND

On 10 October 2017, the Finnish Border Guard, with the support of Europol, the Icelandic Police, the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), have dismantled an organised crime group composed of Syrian and Iraqi nationals, accused of facilitating the illegal entry of migrants from Southern […]

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INTERNATIONAL STRIKE AGAINST VENDOR AND BUYERS OF FIREARMS VIA THE DARKNET

The Spanish Guardia Civil has arrested a 24-year-old Spanish national who sold firearms through the Darknet. This year alone, he had sent firearms and ammunition to more than 30 different buyers in 11 countries. Six of his buyers were arrested with the help of Europol and law enforcement and customs authorities in Cyprus, Germany, Spain, […]

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43 arrests in successful hit against organised crime -Europol

On 25 September 2017, in one of the biggest EU investigations in recent years, led by the Polish Prosecutor’s Office and the Police Central Bureau of Investigation, a coordinated international operation targeting an organised crime group involved in the production and trafficking of drugs and psychotropic substances, as well as firearms trafficking, tobacco smuggling, luxury […]

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Two main Russian mafia groups dismantled in Spain with Europol’s support

Europol has supported the Spanish Guardia Civil in taking down two main Russian organised crime groups involved in large scale money laundering in Spain. Operation Oligarkh resulted in the arrest of 11 Russians linked to two of the most prominent Russian mafia groups, the “Solntsevskaya” and the “Izmailovskaya”. Among those arrested was one of the […]

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MILLIONS OF MEDICINES SEIZED IN LARGEST OPERATION AGAINST ILLICIT ONLINE PHARMACIES

In the largest action of its kind, INTERPOL’s Operation Pangea X targeting the illicit online sale of medicines and medical devices, saw some 400 arrests worldwide and the seizure of more than USD 51 million worth of potentially dangerous medicines. Europol supported INTERPOL’s Operation Pangea with two analysts performing checks on entities against Europol’s databases. […]

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Nigerian sham marriage criminal network dismantled in Germany and Portugal

On 12 September 2017, an international police operation supported by Europol has resulted in 50 house searches and the arrest of 5 suspects. The investigation, led by the German Federal Police and Criminal Investigations Department of Berlin, in close cooperation with the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service / SEF, was initiated in October 2016 on […]

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ONLINE SEXUAL EXTORTION: MAN SENTENCED IN ROMANIA IN CONNECTION WITH DEATH OF BRITISH TEENAGER

A 31-year old Romanian national was sentenced last week in a court in Timisoara, Romania to 4 years in prison for blackmailing a British teenager and producing and distributing indecent pictures of a child. The 17-year old teenager from Coalisland (Northern Ireland) took his own life after the suspect tricked him into sharing intimate photographs […]

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25 arrests and 16 victims safeguarded in operation against sexual exploitation of women

The Spanish National Police, in coordination with the Finnish law enforcement authorities, and supported by Europol and Eurojust, have dismantled an organised criminal group involved in trafficking women for sexual exploitation. The victims, mainly vulnerable young Nigerian women, were recruited in Nigeria and trafficked to Spain via Italy. Once in Spain, they were forced into […]

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