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61 arrested so far for smuggling migrants to the EU via Belarus and Russia

The criminal network worth an estimated EUR 16 million in money flows focused its activities along the EU-Belarus border Coordinated activities of national authorities from Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania... Read more »

29 arrested in Albania, Greece and Italy for smuggling more than 1 100 migrants in yachts

Active along the Eastern Mediterranean road, the criminal network made several hundred million euros in illegal profits An investigation involving the Albanian Criminal Police (Policia e Shtetit), the Hellenic... Read more »


17 arrests in Spain for large-scale drug trafficking and money laundering

The criminal network allegedly smuggled tonnes of hashish and cocaine from Morocco to Spain The action days on 14 and 15 December 2021 led to: 16 house searches (in... Read more »

Energy efficiency funds fraudsters deactivated in Italy

The criminal network allegedly laundered more than €14 million through bank accounts in several European countries The Italian Financial Corps (Guardia di Finanza), the German Duisburg Police (Polizei Duisburg)... Read more »

18 Arrested for smuggling more than 490 migrants across the balkan route

Up to 100 people accommodated in a 60 m2 (un)safe house Officers from the Romanian Police (Poliția Română) and Border Police (Poliția de Frontieră Română), supported by Europol, dismantled... Read more »

Fake perfumes assembly site dismantled in Italy

Criminal network was importing counterfeit goods from EU-neighbouring countries for distribution on the Italian and EU markets The Italian Carabinieri Corps (NAS Carabinieri), supported by Europol, dismantled an organised... Read more »

Exploitation on the construction site: 38 arrested in France, Romania and Moldova for abusing migrant workers

The criminal network smuggled and registered the Moldovan workers in France with fake documents while keeping their real passports as a guarantee. An investigation by the French Border Police... Read more »

Police dismantle criminal network linked to international VAT fraud trading vegetable oil

12 Arrests in Germany and Poland and tax loss for Polish authorities estimated at €17.8 million The Polish Central Anti-Corruption Bureau (Centralne Biuro Antykorupcyjne) and German Tax Office for... Read more »

Europol. Ten hackers arrested for string of SIM-swapping attacks against celebrities

Criminals stole over USD 100 million in cryptocurrencies by hijacking phone numbers A total of 8 criminals have been arrested on 9 February as a result of an international... Read more »

105 arrested for stealing over € 12 million from us-based banks

The criminal network deceived 50 financial institutions through shell companie A cross-border operation coordinated by Europol and led by the Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional) and the US Secret... Read more »

26 Arrested for smuggling irregular migrants through Belgium and France

The criminal network provided transport and hiding locations in the two transit countries Law enforcement and judicial authorities from Belgium and France, supported by Europol and Eurojust, dismantled a... Read more »

More than 600 smuggled reptiles found in Spain: 9 people arrested

A Spanish criminal network trafficking rare animals has been dismantled by the Spanish Guardia Civil after more than 600 reptiles from the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania were found.... Read more »

Criminal network supplying identity and travel documents dismantled in Greece

More than 900 passports and identity cards seized. 620 found to be recorded on European databases as lost or stolen. On 25 February the Organised Crime Unit of the... Read more »

Criminal network involved in migrant smuggling and document fraud dismantled

The criminal gang is accused of facilitating the illegal entry of migrants – mainly Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis – to and within Europe and the Schengen area, through the... Read more »

Suspected criminal network smuggling Iranian migrants into the UK tackled

On 8 December, 24 people were arrested as several homes were searched in Greece as part of a joint investigation by Greece and the UK, supported by Europol. The... Read more »

4 arrests: Europol supports takedown of criminal network involved in labour exploitation

Four individuals have been arrested and 15 potential victims safeguarded in a joint operation conducted by the UK’s Police Scotland together with Latvian authorities and with Europol’s support. The... Read more »