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Spain. 106 Arrested in a sting against online fraudsters

About € 10 million was stolen in just a year The Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional), supported by the Italian National Police (Polizia di Stato), Europol and Eurojust, dismantled... Read more »

Armenia and Europol sign agreement to combat cross-border serious organised crime

On 16 September, Europol and Armenia signed a strategic cooperation agreement to expand cooperation to combat cross-border criminal activities. The agreement will enable both partners to work on some... Read more »

Polish border guard arrest 16 after discovery of illegal cigarette factory

Europol has assisted the Polish authorities in dismantling an organised crime group involved in the production of illegal cigarettes. An action day was organised in Poland on 27 July... 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 »

Child trafficking: 92 minor victims identified across Europe

Officers arrested 33 traffickers and identified 45 suspects of human trafficking during Europe-wide joint action days Europol, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom coordinated Europe-wide joint action days targeting... Read more »

Tobacco products worth more than € 2 million seized in Spain and Portugal

The Portuguese and Spanish authorities dismantled the criminal group, arresting 17 suspects The Portuguese National Guard (Guarda Nacional Republicana) and the Spanish National Police (Policía National), supported by Europol... Read more »

Pescara. Frode internazionale per 6,3 milioni di €

Comando Provinciale Pescara Gli uomini del Comando Provinciale della Guardia di Finanza di Pescara hanno dato esecuzione, nelle prime ore della mattinata odierna, ad un’Ordinanza cautelare emessa dal G.I.P.... Read more »

Europol. 9 Arrested in Moldova and France for €2 million immigration fraud

In the early hours of 28 June, some hundred officers from the French National Gendarmerie (Gendarmerie Nationale) and the Moldovan Border Police (Poliția de Frontieră a Republicii Moldova) with... Read more »

Roll-your-own tobacco smuggling network dismantled in Portugal and Spain with Europol’s support

With the support of Europol, the Portuguese Republican National Guard (Guardia Nacional Republicana) and the Spanish Civil Guard (Guardia Civil)  with the cooperation of the Spanish Customs Surveillance Service... Read more »

Europol helps belgian and swiss authorities unravel vitae ponzi scheme

With the support of Europol, the Belgian Federal Judicial Police (Federale Gerechtelijke Politie, Police Judiciaire Fédérale) under the jurisdiction of the Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s Office (Federaal Parket, Parquet Fédéral)... 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 »

Six arrested for sip honing €12 million in fraudulent COVID-19 unemployment payments from France

Close to €2 million worth in cash was seized and over €6 million on bank accounts recovered as result of this coordinated action On 16 June, officers from the French... Read more »

Europol, 630 potential victims of exploitation identified during Europe-wide coordinated action days

73 Suspected human traffickers arrested in one-week operation Between 31 May and 6 June 2021, Europol supported Europe-wide coordinated action days against human trafficking for labour exploitation. The operation,... Read more »

Operation Jumita: 1.6 tonnes of cocaine and € 16.5 million confiscated in largest cash seizure from a criminal organisation in Spain

The Spanish Guardia Civil, with the support of Europol and its European Economic and Financial Crime Centre (EFECC), dismantled a criminal network that trafficked cocaine from South America to the Port... Read more »

800 criminals arrested in biggest ever law enforcement operation against encrypted communication

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Dutch National Police (Politie), and the Swedish Police Authority (Polisen), in cooperation with the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and 16... Read more »

Eels shipped by air found in Operation Lake-V

Eel trafficking also influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic Between November 2020 and June 2021, Europol coordinated the fifth Operation Lake, which involved law enforcement authorities from 24* countries, OLAF,... Read more »

Industrial-scale cocaine lab uncovered in Rotterdam in latest Encrochat bust

An international multi-agency operation has led to 9 arrests, the seizure of over €3.4 million in cash and the shutdown of an industrial-sized cocaine production lab in the framework... Read more »

Europol: €45 Million worth of heroin concealed in marble shipment seized in Romania

The 1.5 tonne of heroin, seized in the port of Constantia, was concealed in a shipment of a legal company operated by the criminal network. Europol supported the Romanian... Read more »

Europol helps Spanish authorities break up a €26.5 million VAT fraud scheme

An international law enforcement operation involving 5 countries with the support of Europol and Eurojust has resulted in the arrest of 22 suspects belonging to an organised crime group... Read more »

Europol. 12 Arrested in France in latest hit against tobacco smugglers

Earlier this week, the French Gendarmerie (Gendarmerie Nationale) with the support of the French Judicial Customs (SEJF) arrested 5 individuals and seized 250 000 counterfeit cigarettes in a series... Read more »