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CRIME GANG MAKES OVER €2 MILLION TRAFFICKING ILLEGAL STEROIDS WORLDWIDE

On 16 December an investigation by  the Financial Police Division of Hellenic Police (Διεύθυνση Οικονομικής Αστυνομίας της Ελληνικής Αστυνομίας), the Central Office to fight Against Environmental and Public Health Crime (OCLAESP) and French Customs (Direction générale des douanes et droits indirects) with the support of experts from Europol resulted in the arrest of  nine members […]

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CROATIAN POLICE ARREST AND DISMANTLE ORGANISED CRIME GROUP IN LARGE INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATION

Last week, the Croatian National Police Office for Suppression of Corruption and Organised Crime in collaboration with the prosecutor’s office, tax administration, customs and in cooperation with Europol conducted a complex international criminal investigation of an organised crime group (OCG) for acting in a criminal enterprise, tax evasion, money laundering, forgery of documents and fraud. The crimes were committed during […]

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68 ARRESTED IN SPAIN FOR PUMPING OUT 76 MILLION KILOS OF CO2

30 companies involved in bad waste management of old cars harming the ozone layer The Spanish Civil Guard (Guardia Civil), supported by Europol, carried out an operation targeting companies involved in considerable gas emissions attacking the atmosphere. The operation led to the investigation of 30 companies involved in illegal emissions of polluting substances and the […]

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CRIME GROUP SUSPECTED OF SMUGGLING NUCLEAR MATERIALS ARRESTED IN VIENNA

Austrian law enforcement together with the General Police Inspectorate of The Republic of Moldova (National Investigative Inspectorate) coordinated and supported by Europol, have jointly investigated and arrested an organised crime group suspected of smuggling nuclear materials. The cooperation, that included transnational investigative measures, targeted a group of criminals when they attempted to sell nuclear container […]

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79 ARRESTED IN WORLDWIDE CRACKDOWN ON AIRLINE FRAUD

Between 18 – 22 November 2019, 60 countries, 56 airlines and 12 online travel agencies were involved in the 12th edition of the Global Airline Action Days (GAAD), an international and multidisciplinary operation to fight fraudulent online purchases of flight tickets with compromised credit card data, which took place at more than 200 airports across […]

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Europol and Telegram take on terrorist propaganda online

On 21-22 November 2019, Europol’s European Union Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU) organised at its headquarters in The Hague the 16th joint Referral Action Days. This coordinated action focused on the dissemination of online terrorist content. Among the items referred were propaganda videos and social media accounts glorifying or supporting terrorism and violent extremism. Since July […]

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17 ARRESTED IN POLAND FOR MIGRANT SMUGGLING AND USING FAKE DOCUMENTS

On 18 November 2019, the Polish Border Guard (Straż Graniczna) under the supervision of the regional prosecutor’ s office and supported by Europol, dismantled an organised crime group involved in migrant smuggling and facilitation of irregular migration. On the action day, Polish law enforcement officers arrested 17 suspected members of the criminal network, four of […]

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Nine arrested in Romania and the UK in sexual exploitation network bust

The traffickers used the “loverboy” method to manipulate their victims On 19 November, the United Kingdom’s South Yorkshire Police and the Romanian National Police (Poliția Română), supported by Europol and Eurojust, dismantled an organised crime group involved in human trafficking for sexual exploitation. On the action day, law enforcement officers from Romania and the UK carried […]

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23 ARRESTS AND AROUND 10 000 CULTURAL ITEMS SEIZED IN AN OPERATION TARGETING ITALIAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL TRAFFICKING

On 18 November 2019, an international police operation involving over 350 police officers, supported by Europol (within the framework of EMPACT) and Eurojust, dismantled an international organised crime group involved in large-scale trafficking of looted archaeological items resulting in the arrest of 23 individuals, 80 house searches, and the seizure of around 10 000 cultural items. Operation Achei, […]

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1 176 KG OF COCAINE HIDDEN IN BANANAS SEIZED IN ITALY

On Monday 11 November 2019, the Italian Carabinieri (Carabinieri) and the Italian Finance Corps (Guardia di Finanza), supported by Italian Customs, Europol and Frontex, seized 1 176 kg of cocaine worth €250 million in the Port of Gioia Tauro, southwest Italy. The shipping documents show that the container was destined for Germany. The seized cocaine […]

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Large network smuggling migrants in lorries dismantled in Germany and Romania

580 migrants were smuggled by the criminal group On 13 November 2019, the German Federal Police (Bundespolizei) and the Romanian Police (Poliția Română) supported by Europol, concluded their operation into a large criminal network smuggling migrants to western Europe in lorries. Austria, Hungary, the United Kingdom and Eurojust also took part in this two-year, Europe-wide operation. During […]

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15 ARRESTED IN A HIT AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING GANG IN LITHUANIA AND SPAIN

On 12 November 2019, the Lithuanian Police (Lietuvos Policija) and the Spanish National Police (Policía National) supported by Europol and Eurojust, have dismantled a large organised crime group involved in human trafficking for sexual exploitation. THE OPERATION LED TO: two leaders of the criminal network arrested in Spain; 13 suspected members arrested in Lithuania; 50 […]

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CRIMINAL GROUP PRODUCING AND CIRCULATING FAKE EURO BANKNOTES IN SPAIN AND PORTUGAL BUSTED

The Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional) have dismantled a counterfeit euro print shop in Spain with the support of Europol. The criminal group, based in the port city of Huelva, manufactured fake banknotes in 10, 20 and 50 euro denominations. The operation has prevented €250 000 in fraudulent cash from circulating in Spain and Portugal. […]

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9 suspects arrested in Poland for luxury car theft

Polish Border Guard and the Swedish police, supported by Europol, have dismantled an organised crime group involved in the theft of luxury cars across Europe.  Back in January 2019, the Polish border guards found a car stolen from Sweden, transported by ferry into the country. This discovery initiated a cross-border investigation into an organised crime group specialised […]

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FRENCH JEWELLER HELD IN GERMANY IN INTERNATIONAL GOLD TRAFFICKING INVESTIGATION

A gold trafficking case between France and Germany thought to be worth at least €1 million has led to the arrest on 21 October of a French jeweller and nine of his accomplices, as well as the seizure of nearly €3 million of criminal assets. The 56-year old jeweller was arrested on a train at […]

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Essex Police: 39 bodies found in lorry container

We were called by colleagues from the ambulance service shortly before 1.40am this morning Wednesday 23 October following the discovery of a lorry container with people inside at Waterglade Industrial Park, Eastern Avenue, Grays. Emergency services arrived but sadly, 39 people were pronounced dead at the scene. Early indications suggest 38 are adults and one […]

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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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