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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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Spanish National Police break up ring smuggling Iranians to the UK, supported by Europol

The Spanish National Police, with support from the UK’s Metropolitan Police and Europol, have dismantled an international criminal network involved in smuggling Iranian nationals into the UK on commercial flights. The network operated from the city of Málaga in southern Spain and used Spain as a transit country. The organisation charged each migrant around EUR […]

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OVER 28 000 DEVICES DECRYPTED AND 100+ GLOBAL PARTNERS – NO MORE RANSOM CELEBRATES ITS FIRST YEAR

One year ago, on 25 July 2016, the No More Ransom initiative was launched by the Dutch National Police, Europol, McAfee and Kaspersky Lab.  Today there are more than 100 partners, as major ransomware attacks continue to dominate the news, hitting businesses, governments and individuals all over the world. THE THREAT OF RANSOMWARE IS ESCALATING Ransomware has […]

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107 SUSPECTS DETAINED AND OVER 900 POTENTIAL VICTIMS IDENTIFIED IN PAN-EUROPEAN HIT AGAINST SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

Europol supported a Europe-wide action week carried out by law enforcement agencies from a total of 22 Member States and Third Parties  aimed at organised crime groups (OCG) trafficking vulnerable individuals for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Between 26 June and 2 July, two crime areas – trafficking in human beings (THB) and facilitated illegal immigration (FII) […]

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Police dismantle crime group trading horsemeat unfit for human consumption

The Spanish Guardia Civil, in coordination with Europol, has dismantled an organised crime group that was trading horsemeat in Europe that was unfit for human consumption. The operation was carried out in coordination with Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In Spain, 65 people were arrested and charged with crimes such […]

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Europol supports Romania in safeguarding an infant victim of sexual exploitation

A 24-year-old woman has been arrested by Romanian authorities for producing and sharing child sexual abuse material. Romanian police officers and prosecutors searched the woman’s house in Bacău County, Romania, and seized two laptops, a hard-drive, four USB sticks, two mobile phones and documents which may have been used to commit the crimes. It is […]

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Europol coordinates fifth joint operation to flag online terrorist content

In collaboration with Finland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and INTERPOL, Europol coordinated a two-day joint operation, during which 1 628 pieces of terrorist and violent extremist online content were assessed for the purpose of referral to online platforms. The activities focused mainly on the online production of terrorist material by IS and al-Qaeda affiliated media outlets. The processed content […]

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122 tons of illegal or counterfeit pesticides seized during operation Silver Axe II

Europol, together with OLAF, has supported an intensive coordinated international operation carried out at major seaports and airports and at the land borders of Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Sweden, Spain, United Kingdom and the action leader Netherlands. During the 10 days of the Operation Silver Axe […]

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30 arrested in drug trafficking and money laundering raids

This morning, over 330 law enforcement officers from Germany, Italy, Spain and Europol have carried out 35 house searches and arrested 30 members of an organised crime group involved in international drug trafficking and money laundering. Investigations are still on-going and further arrests are expected in the near future. Simultaneously, the investigators identified and seized […]

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Migrant smuggling ring dismantled by Finland with Europol support

On 6 June 2017, the Finnish Border Guard arrested three Russian nationals suspected of smuggling migrants from Russia to Finland using a leisure boat. 17 people were identified on board the 12-meter long vessel. They had been concealed throughout the journey in order to avoid checks at the EU external border. The boat was profiled […]

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